Pro Boxing Returns To Cuba For The First Time Since 1962

Pro Boxing Returns To Cuba For The First Time Since 1962

Cuban boxing has long been a dominant force, and with the recent lift of the Castro era ban on pro boxing, Cuban boxers can step into the professional ring.

Published: April 19, 2022

Topics: Culture, Fight News

Author: Iain Mackenzie

Until Recently, Cuban boxers who wanted to go professional had to defect to another country. Cuba has had a ban on professional boxing since 1962, but that ban has now been lifted. Today, we’re going to take a look at what this means for Cuban boxers, and the sport of boxing, going forward.

The Calling Cards of Cuban Style Boxing

Cuban boxers have long dominated the amateur ranks of the sport, and it's not hard to see why. The ‘Cuban school’ of boxing is extremely technique and timing-focused, producing a style of incredibly well-defended fighters who can create and take advantage of openings with pinpoint, picture-perfect shots.

For examples of this, we can look at deadly southpaw Luis Ortiz at heavyweight and Guillermo Rigondeaux at super bantam. These two athletes also prove that the defense first, ‘hit and don’t get hit,’ style that allows Cuban boxers to dominate in the amateur scene can translate over to the professional ring with great success.

What This Means For Cuban Boxers

The lift on this moratorium means that far more talented Cuban amateurs will be able to compete and earn money in the professional boxing ring without having to defect to another country. This will create a ton of opportunities for sponsorships, lucrative hometown fights, and in general, give the Cuban boxer a chance to make a living competing in the sport they love.

What This Means For Boxing

Cuban boxer Guillermo Rigondeaux

Image Credit: Wikipedia

We are very quickly going to see a huge rise in Cuban contenders in the sphere which may cause a lot of problems for fighters who have more heart than technique. There is a reason Luis Ortiz was avoided by all of the heavyweight champions until he started showing his age. There is a reason Lomachenko was one of the only elite low-weight fighters willing to tangle with Rigondeaux: Cuban fighters are very, very good. Their fighting philosophy is similar to the Eastern European style exemplified by Ukrainian fighters like Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk: they hit and they do not get hit. They also tend to have limitless gas tanks due to their style, emphasizing quick and precise movement, which means they’re a threat for all 12 rounds.

The Takeaway

First of all, congratulations to the Cuban boxers who are finally allowed the chance to earn a living in the sport they love. And second, this move will create an extremely competitive environment in the sport that will lead to some truly incredible technical showdowns in the future. That’s a huge win for all boxing fans.

Iain Mackenzie

Iain Mackenzie is a licensed amateur boxer. He discovered boxing through karate and saber fencing, and has trained in multiple gyms across Texas, competing in amateur tournaments such as Golden Gloves & the Houston Open.

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