See Cuba’s Olympic Boxing Hopefuls

The road to Olympic boxing for Cubans can begin as early as 8 years old in local gyms, where boys compete against one another in the ring. There are only 12 spots on the national team to represent Cuba at the Olympics but it takes a lot of dedication to get to that point.

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A young eight-year old boxers hits the punching bags at Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym on May 12, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.
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Jaime Poradius, 16-years-old, takes off his boxing gloves after a training session at the Salvador Allende Sports Complex on May 9, 2015 in Alamar, Cuba.
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The Mayabeue Boxing teams works out on May 12, 2015 in Hershey, Cuba.
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Jaime Poradius (right), 16-years-old, and Marcos Gabriel, 12-years-old, shadow box as part of their training session at the Salvador Allende Sports Complex on May 9, 2015 in Alamar, Cuba.
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Kids place dominoes after practice at the Mayabeque Boxing Academy on May 12, 2015 in Hershey, Cuba.
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Two young boxers fight each other at Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym on May 8, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.
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Marcos Gabriel, 12-years-old, uses a bag filled with sand as a pumping bag at the Salvador Allende Sports Complex on May 9, 2015 in Alamar, Cuba. The gym is a small room under a now-empty Olympic size swimming pool.
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A general view of a training fight at Rafael Trejo Gym on May 11, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym is probably the most famous gym in Havana.
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A coach shouts instructions to his boxer at the Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym on May 8, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.
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Lazaro Overtes Gomez Lugo works out with a punching bag at Mayabeque Boxing Academy on May 12, 2015 in Hershey, Cuba.
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Carlos Viseay works out in the weight room at the Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym on May 12, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.
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The Mayabeue Boxing teams works out on May 12, 2015 in Hershey, Cuba.
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A trainer gives a young boxer a drink of water between rounds at Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym on May 8, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.
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Two trainers give a boxer a drink on ice water in between rounds at Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym on May 8, 2015 in Havana, Cuba.
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