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Lifelong Camden resident Vidal Rivera is an avid boxer who is training for a match in Atlantic City on Aug. 5, 2017.
Rivera trains at the Camden Boxing Academy at 715 Florence Street in Camden, NJ.
Rivera arrives at the boxing gym on Tuesday, July 11, where he trains every weeknight following a shift patrolling Camden as a cop.
Rivera wraps his knuckles to protect them during a training session in Camden, NJ.
The boxing gym at 714 Florence Street in Camden is loud, sweaty, and bustles with energy as two boxers spar.
Miguel Figueroa laces up Rivera's boxing gloves as they work through a series of training exercises.
The walls of the gym are covered with an archive of dozens of boxing event posters dating back to the 1990's.
Coach and mentor Chris Williams looks on as Vidal Rivera swiftly moves around the ring during a recent training session.
Rivera trains with his coach, Chris Williams, who is also a father figure.
A package of newly-printed event posters for Rivera's upcoming Aug. 5 match in Atlantic City showed up partway through his training session.
Vidal Rivera, who fights as "The Pride of Camden" and works as a police officer, is surrounded by motivators in his hometown.
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Camden County police Officers, from left, Vidal Rivera, Tim Freeman and Luis Sanchez stand at 4th and York streets during a foot patrol on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
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