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Alex Tehrani
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Meet Michael the Boxer

San Francisco's South of Market and Mission neighborhoods are best known this decade for their densities of start-ups. But this little gym called Michael the Boxer is a blast from the past. Its owner, Michael Onello, has been boxing since he was 14, when a judge sentenced him to two years of probation--accompanied by mandatory after-school activities--for stealing a car. "This was around the time Rocky came out, and that was a big inspiration," he says. "Since then, there's never been a period of time I haven't been boxing."