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Boxing Grannies Pull No Punches in Johannesburg Gym

The boxing grandmothers, many over 70, train twice a week in the South African city and claim to feel stronger than ever.

"Boxing Gogos" pray before a training session hosted by the A Team Gym in the Cosmo City suburb of Johannesburg on Sept. 19, 2017.

The "Boxing Gogos," or "Boxing Grannies," are trained by Coach Claude Maphosa who is planning events in other areas for others who have been inspired to box.

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A trainee carries her boxing gloves as she prepares for a session.

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The "Boxing Gogos" do stretches.

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Gladys Ngwenya, 77, gets ready to train.

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Ngwenya, right, and Constance Ngubane, 79, use a punching bag.

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Zodwa Thwala, 74, spars with trainer Nqobile Khumalo.

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The "Boxing Gogos" warm up outside.

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Ngwenya spars with a trainer.

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A "Boxing Granny" throws a punch during a training session.

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Ngwenya winces as she chews on a piece of ginger before the start of training.

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