Siyakudumisa Vapi's boxing boots and pairs of child-sized boxing gloves hang next to a painting on the wall in his room. Currently living in a curtained-off space in the basement of the Hillbrow Boxing Club, he is training for a fight against the third-ranked fighter in the national featherweight division; if he wins it wil bring him closer to his objective of challenging for the national title and being able to make a decent living from boxing. Vapi believes boxing pulled him away from the streets and gave him discipline. Hillbrow, in downtown Johannesburg, is the city's most notorious neighbourhood. It is overcrowded, ridden with illegal squats and suffers from high levels of crime much of which is related the thriving illicit drug trade. The gym has become a place of hope and discipline for local youth, keeping them of the streets and even producing some national champions.