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Once-endangered boxing gyms having a unisex renaissance

SOMERVILLE — The setting and sounds are the same as they’ve been for generations. A basement jammed with rings, punching bags, towels, and water bottles. Trainers calling out instructions to perspiring fighters. The bap-bap-bap of leather gloves. What’s different at the Somerville Boxing Club these days is the diversity of the clientele, with teenagers preparing for national championships training alongside professional women who turn up for vigorous fitness sessions.

“It’s one of the best cardio workouts you can get,” testified Arshiya Seth, a primary care physician who comes with friend Shweta Yadav, a business analyst for a marketing technology firm.

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