Young boxer hit by war, hit by xenophobia, now fighting back positively

Young boxer hit by war, hit by xenophobia, now fighting back positively

A young boxer moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo to live the South African dream. However, he’s had to battle more challenges outside of the ring than in it.

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Joel Liborte is a young boxer trying to make a name for himself in the South African boxing world.

While some may fear the aggression of the fighting arena, Liborte is no stranger to violence.

As a toddler, he was regularly exposed to gang and military violence.

Liborte and his family were forced to move around nomadically and sought refuge in South Africa.

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However, hopes of a peaceful existence were soon dashed as they had to fight against immigration issues and xenophobia.

Just as it seemed his life was merely about overcoming 1 battle after the other, a friend showed him a different side to combat.

Liborte joined the Fight with Insight gym in 2015, which strives to encourage boxing as a form of therapy.

Liborte revealed, “I never knew fighting could be used for good.” reported that Liborte is unfortunately ineligible to compete for national or provincial championships as he is a foreigner. understands that Liborte isn’t letting that get him down though.

Appreciative of the opportunities presented to him, he said, “I am very grateful for finding this family in South Africa.”

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