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Pink Gloves Boxing Teaches More than a Sport

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Who says boxing is a man's sport?

One gym in Butte is changing that viewpoint and also changing the way women view themselves.

"I've been able to look myself in the mirror and be excited about what I'm seeing."

When ladies join Pink Gloves Boxing, they're there first and foremost to learn the sport of boxing.

They're at the Butte gym to earn their pink gloves.

"The pink gloves is one of the hardest tests we do here," said Tessi Preston. "Once you get started, it is just non-stop. They definitely get you to a point where you break, but then build yourself back up again. You find out what you're made of."

Earning your pink gloves is not easy.

It takes months and a lot of testing.

"When you finish, there is just this feeling that you could do anything, and it really goes beyond working out," Preston said.

At Pink Gloves Boxing, it's more than just learning a sport, it's about revealing your inner champion.

After the ladies do a non-hitting workout for almost two hours, they gather in a circle and talk.

They talk about personal things, and how together, they can become the best individuals they can be.

"When we have circle time at our gym, it's where people who are working out become real," said Pink Gloves Boxing owner, Leigh-Ann Whitworth. "They're real then, and we get to see them. You don't just see them in the gym, you actually see who they are. The circle time is very sacred to us."

While it's a tough sport, these women are learning they can be boxers, and they're learning a little more about themselves as well.

Pink Gloves Boxing is located at 1101 Utah Avenue in Butte.

They also have a program for men, known as Black Gloves Boxing.

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