The Cuban Boxers

  • Photographer
    Shyamala Thilagaratnam
  • Prize
    Honorable Mention
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Cara Owsley Every image in this photo package was great. The overall package gave an insight of these young boxers.

  • Date of Photograph
    May 2017
  • Technical Info
    Nikon D810, Nikkor 28-300mm, various ISOs, shutter speeds, apertures

The famed Cuban boxing culture is kept alive by coaches who were once champions in their younger days. The gyms have seen better days, as have the worn gloves and the battered boxing ring. Little boys as young as 6 stream in to the rundown compound after school for their training. As one of the coaches said, “It keeps them off the streets”. Training is serious, each boy intent on being the next Cuban boxing star. But the real drama happens in the streets of Havana where bets are laid, and where everyone is a coach, shouting out instructions as teenage boys viciously slug it out.

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