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Boxing Cuba : From Backyards to World Championship, Hardback Book

Boxing Cuba : From Backyards to World Championship Hardback

Edited by Michael Schleicher


Boxing is the top popular sport in Cuba and part of its cultural identity.

The martial arts, often represented as warlike in form, acquire here an unexpected elegance, speed and technical perfection.

This publication reflects the Cuban love of sport, from youth work in the back yards of Havana to the preparations for the Olympic Games.

At the same time it tells the story of this fascinating world sport.

Cuba's pride in its boxers and its sports tradition remains unbroken.

Boxing schools and national boxing idols happily granted the photographer Katharina Alt access to their training facilities and private homes in order to record life in and around the sport and the contests.

The photos provide an impressive record of the arduous preparations for a fight and continue until the boxers are saved by the gong in the final round.

The text by author and journalist Michael Schleicher is divided into twelve rounds and shows how the sport has changed since Antiquity.

Motifs, aesthetics and boxing language occur today in art and culture and are thus an omnipresent witness to the fact that "Boxing is life itself", according to Joyce Carol Oates.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 184 pages, illustrated in colour throughout
  • Publisher: Hirmer Verlag
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Photographs: collections
  • ISBN: 9783777426129



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