Boxing Cuba: From Backyards To World Championship by Michael SchleicherBoxing Cuba: From Backyards To World Championship by Michael Schleicher

Boxing Cuba: From Backyards To World Championship

byMichael Schleicher, Katharina Alt

Hardcover | August 15, 2016

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Boxing is a national sport of Cuba, rivaling baseball as the country’s best-loved pastime and with an equally rich history. In the backyards and beaten alleyways of Havana, boys emulate hometown fighters on the international stage. And though Cuban boxers are prohibited from competing professionally, the country has consistently produced world-class boxers admired for their technical perfection and speed.
For Boxing Cuba, photographer Katharina Alt gained unprecedented access to the country’s boxing schools and world champions to create an insightful chronicle of the noble sport, from the grueling preparations leading up to a fight to the bell that rings on the final round. In the photographs, we see young boys practicing their stance and seasoned fighters squaring off in the open-air rings of Havana’s world-famous Rafael Trejo gym. To Alt’s expressive portraits of athletes, managers, trainers, and fans, journalist Michael Schleicher has contributed brief chapters corresponding to the twelve rounds of a professional boxing match, taking readers through the changing face of the sport in art and popular culture, from Greek bronzes to the figure of the boxer as iconoclast in Hollywood cinema.
Boxing, as the saying goes, is “life itself,” both shaped by and reflected in Cuba’s culture, making it a fitting subject for Alt’s touching photographic tribute.
Michael Schleicher is director of the Cultural Department of the Munich-based newspaper Münchner Merkur. Katharina Alt is a photographer who lives and works in Munich.  
Title:Boxing Cuba: From Backyards To World ChampionshipFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 11 × 9.5 × 0.7 inPublished:August 15, 2016Publisher:Hirmer PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3777426121

ISBN - 13:9783777426129

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Table of Contents

Cuba Libre
Charles Schumann
Art and Knockout
Michael Schleicher
Portrait and Milieu
Petra Giloy-Hirtz
Boxing Cuba Portraits
2016—The Year of Cuba
Claudia Strand
A Brief History of Boxing in Cuba
The Chemiepokal in Halle
Biography and Acknowledgements