06/24/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Afghan Female Boxers Challenge Gender Roles

Concord resident Tareq Shawl Azim says he always knew he would one day return to his parents' country to make it a better place.

Azim, whose parents left Afghanistan in 1979 after the Soviet invasion, boxed as a heavyweight at Fresno State, and has represented Afghanistan at the Asian Games, South Asian Games and Pan American Games. Azim believes he is an agent of reform by training females to box.

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