Siyakudumisa Vapi (right), a licensed boxer hoping to make it as a professional, sparring at the Hillbrow Boxing Club. Vapi 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 says boxing pulled him away from the streets and bad company, 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.