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Sleepy Indian town aims to pack a punch at Olympics

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An Indian boxer practices punching at the Bhiwani Boxing Club in Bhiwani, 76 miles west from New Delhi, India, on July 11.

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An Indian amateur boxer prepares for a training session at the Bhiwani Boxing Club in Bhiwani, 76 miles west from New Delhi, India, on July 11.

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An Indian amateur boxer gets ready for a training session in his room at the Sports Authority of India complex, in Bhiwani, 76 miles west from New Delhi, India, on July 12.

The sleepy northern Indian town of Bhiwani is considered a mini Cuba, with dozens of boxers fighting it out hard in top national and international competitions. Vijender Singh, a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics is the most famous name from here, having inspired a whole generation to take to the sport. India has sent its biggest ever boxing squad for the London Olympics, which consists of seven men and one woman.

For more, see the NBC London 2012 Olympic boxing page.