Downtown Boxing Gym student: ‘My teachers and my coaches inspire me’

By Mary Murray, Senior Producer, NBC News

Khali Sweeney, a boxing trainer on Detroit’s east side, paced the cement floor and stared at the clock. It was 4 p.m. and just a handful of his 65 students had shown up for class. “They’ll be here,” he promised. But, over the next 30 minutes just one other kid walked through the door of theDowntown Boxing Gym.

We were there to shoot a story for ‘Nightly News with Brian Williams’ but, as the afternoon was slipping away, so too was our natural light. We were getting nervous…

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