A boy stands under the fluorescent lights of a boxing ring, barely able to see beyond the ropes surrounding him. The crowds press in around, forming shadowy outlines.

“Satann Mueng, 12 years old, 30.9 kilograms,”announces a booming voice. Satann, along with many other boys and girls, is a Young Muay Thai fighter, a discipline in Thailand in which many children train. For many of them, boys and girls, it’s the only way out of poverty. In that sense can be incredibly empowering.

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