Fighting for Their Lives

In a sweltering corrugated-roofed shed on the Thai-Burmese border, 24-year-old Chinaka hits the canvas in the third. It's not the first time this bout the Burmese has gone down, and the beatings have taken their toll: he seems to be swimming in slow motion on the dirty floor. As he inches on his stomach across the ring, the crowd screams at him to get up while his Thai opponent, fighting the referee's restraint, presses to finish him off. Chinaka's eyes are frosted and bloody from three fresh cuts on his right brow. Giving up, he feels his way to the ropes...

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