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Venezuela's Street Fighting Boys
A mobile boxing ring in Caracas allows the city's youth to put on gloves and keep away from crime. Read the full story here.

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In this June 2, 2012 photo, Miguel Uzcategui, 13, right, jabs at his his opponent during their street boxing match in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Uzcategui says the sport has given him goals as well as improved self-confidence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this June 1, 2012 photo, Miguel Uzcategui,13, embraces his pet monkey named, "Fabiola," as he looks out from his home in the San Agustin slum in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Uzcategui says the sport has given him goals as well as improved self-confidence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this May 24, 2012 photo, young boxers train at a gym in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this June 1, 2012 photo, Miguel Uzcategui, 13, takes a nap in his home in the San Agustin slum, before going to a boxing training session, in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Uzcategui says the sport has given him goals as well as improved self-confidence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this June 1, 2012 photo, Yenny Uzcategui, 22, helps her brother Miguel,13, right, arrange his boxing medals to pose for a picture in their home in the San Agustin slum in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Uzcategui says the sport has given him goals as well as improved self-confidence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this June 1, 2012 photo, medals and pictures adorn the living room wall of Miguel Uzcateguis home in the San Agustin slum in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Uzcategui says the sport has given him goals as well as improved self-confidence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this June 3, 2012 photo, young boxer Miguel Uzcategui, 13, right, walks with his mother Magdala Flores, his father Miguel Uzcategui and brother Misael to a nearby church in San Agustin slum, in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Uzcategui says the sport has given him goals as well as improved self-confidence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this May 24, 2012 photo, Miguel Uzcategui, 13, lies on a mat with arms outstretched as he takes a break from his training at a boxing gym in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Uzcategui says the sport has given him goals as well as improved self-confidence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this June 1, 2012 photo, young boxer Miguel Uzcategui, 13, plays a game on his PlayStation at home in the San Agustin slum in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Uzcategui says the sport has given him goals as well as improved self-confidence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this May 24, 2012 photo, Miguel Uzcategui, 13, is weighed by his boxing coach known as Polanco, at a boxing gym in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Uzcategui says the sport has given him goals as well as improved self-confidence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this May 24, 2012 photo, Eduar Enrique wraps his hands in boxing bandages before his training session at a gym in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this May 19, 2012 photo, a bloodied Luis Moya stands in the ring during a street boxing match in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this May 25, 2012 photo, Milagro Sojo spars as a warms up for her street boxing fight in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys and a few girls line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this May 24, 2012 photo, Miguel Uzcategui, 13, jumps rope as part of his training at a boxing gym in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Uzcategui says the sport has given him goals as well as improved self-confidence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this May 19, 2012 photo, two boys compete in a street boxing match in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this May 25, 2012 photo, a coach waves a towel before a young boxer in between rounds of a street boxing match in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this May 24, 2012 photo, Miguel Uzcategui, 13, hangs on the ropes while training as his friend Luis David, 15, watches from ringside at a gym in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Uzcategui says the sport has given him goals as well as improved self-confidence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this June 2, 2012 photo, Miguel Uzcategui, 13, puts on headgear prior to his street boxing match in Caracas, Venezuela. Every weekend, boys line up with their gloves to slug it out in a boxing ring that moves around Caracas from parks to plazas to streets in the slums. They're participating in a program supported by the Venezuelan government that aims not only to develop standout fighters but also to expand the sport's reach and give poor teenagers an outlet to stay away from crime, alcohol and drugs. Uzcategui says the sport has given him goals as well as improved self-confidence. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuela's Street Fighting Boys

A mobile boxing ring in Caracas allows the city's youth to put on gloves and keep away from crime. Read the full story here.

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