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15 Incredible Photos Of Ghanaian Amateur Boxers

Buzzfeed   in 
April 11, 2016

Patrick Sinkel’s photographs have been shortlisted for a Sony World Photography Award.

Bukom is a suburb in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. This small, largely poor area has produced some of the best African boxers on record.

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German photographer Patrick Sinkel travelled to Bukom in 2014 and found the Attoh Quarshie boxing gym just by asking around. Everyone knows where the gyms are.

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“Boxing isn’t just a sport, it’s their second nature.”

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Fighting in general has a long tradition here, but boxing came with the British colonization. It’s become a way to escape poverty and everyday Bukom life – they worship their champions as national heroes, and the local kids want to be pro fighters in the US or Europe.

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