Behind the curtains, trainer wrapping boxer’s hand before a fight.
Coach Armando “Gavilan”(The Hawk) Cervantes dedicated over 40 years of his life teaching boxing. Originally from Progreso, Yucatan, now coaches in Playa Del Carmen.
Young amateur boxer gives the stance in coach Cervantes’s boxing gym.
Twin sisters sparring at sunset.
Students getting ready for class at Coach Nunez’s boxing gym.
Late night Shadowboxing II.
Late night Shadowboxing I.
Gavilan teaching students.
Jumping rope builds stamina, endurance and is one of the first exercise to warm up.
Student executing sit ups by the ring.
Boxing gyms accept all ages and they all train together.
Coach Cervantes walking away as an apprentice continues on the speed bag.
Boxer glances at his sparring partner before entering the ring at Lopez’s boxing gym.
As night falls, many curious come observe and cheer the young athletes.
In the outdoor boxing gym of coach Lopez, a boxer works the punching bag on a rainy night.
Getting ready before training.
A young man practicing the boxing stance in the mirror. In the background, the daughter and wife of maestro Cervantes.
On to the speed bag. The gym is built with solid concrete walls and bars on the windows to keep thieves away.
In boxing the stare defines the confidence at all times.
Students rehearsing drills.
Boxing is known to be a solitary sport.
As one of the toughest sport, a boxer needs to excel in speed, strength and durability.
Kid glances at the lens as he pauses during sit ups.
Twin sisters always training together.
A minimal amount of breaks are taken during classes.
Shadowboxing before fight night.
Coach gives the last preps to his boxer before entering the crowded arena.
“El Gallito” gives a last good bye to a friend before the fight.
Boxer “Samurai” is being cheered during his walk to the ring.
Moments before the fight starts.
Boxer throws a straight left towards his opponent.
Dominating his opponent in the ropes.
Brother of “el Gallito” observes the fight.
Battle in the ring.