Banu uses a punching bag alongside her mother during a practice session at the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club in Karachi.
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Slim, powerful, and with an unwavering gaze, 19-year-old Razia Banu jabs at the face of her opponent – her own mother, a widow inspired to join her daughter in smashing taboos in Pakistan's sultry port city Karachi.He was "my favorite personality," she told AFP after "losing" to her mother, pointing with a smile to a small framed poster hung on a pillar that read Ali's famous "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee".She went to her mother to seek permission to join the club, started just last year, the first for women in all of Pakistan.Banu echoes her mother's wariness when it comes to men and violence.Qanbarani, who has been a boxing coach for 40 years, has sent his own two daughters and other women from his family to be trained at the club.
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