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It’s almost midnight on a recent Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Pikesville, Md., and a man in a black tuxedo has an announcement: The evening’s main event is about to start, and the bar will be shutting down soon.

Tucked behind a ruffled yellow curtain, Shelly Seivert is waiting. She has been for nearly five hours and is now visibly annoyed.

Seivert, 34, sits with a few of her colleagues who have already fought. They’re all males, glistening with sweat, and they seem to be putting off packing up their gym bags to go home. Back to real jobs.

Seivert, who turned pro in December of 2006, will do the same once the six-round bout is over.

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