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Anthony Rego, 14, left, and Anthony Samayoa, 11, are among the young boxers who work out at the Somerville Boxing Club.
Jake Detar,12, of Somerville, worked up a good sweat during a workout.
Norman Stone of the Somerville Boxing Club helped Kourtney Yurko wrap her hand before her workout.
Until recently, many boxing gyms were for men only. But more women see the sport as a great fitness activity.
The upsurge in boxing gym memberships is part of a renaissance of the “sweet science” that for years has been stuck with a sour image.
Dylan Fernandes, 13, got some punches in on the heavy bag.
The Somerville club was based in more than half a dozen previous venues before setting up in the basement of the Edgerly School.
The Somerville club now has more than 400 members.
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