The tradition of boxing gyms that offer troubled kids a chance to learn self-control is still alive. But until this past decade, those gyms were populated by boys. That has changed.
This summer, women will box in the Olympics for the first time. In February, 24 fighters compete for three spots on the US Olympic women’s boxing team. Among them: Tyrieshia Douglas of Baltimore. When she was 16, she was arrested for fighting three girls and, the way she remembers it, her juvenile court judge sentenced her to community service and recommended she box. Now she’s 23, 112 pounds, and aiming for a gold medal.