The following is the last of a series of posts on Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym. Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym (Rafael Trejo Gimnasio al Aire Libre) is, from my understanding, the oldest Western boxing gym in Havana, Cuba. Rafael Trejo was a Cuban who was murdered by police in 1930 during a student protest against the Machado government. Rafael Trejo, a law school student president, became a martyr and a hero for the Castro regime. (Source.) The gym is named in his honour.
I only spent two days and no nights in Havana. Finding the gym was my main focus. I had arrived in Havana years earlier, in 2006, to source out a boxing gym to train at. I didn’t find one. In 2013, I did.
The photos in this piece didn’t make it into Boxing In Cuba – Training At Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym, Havana. There are images included that I had a lot of fun taking. Some of the people I met within Rafael Trejo’s walls were incredibly fun to be around, in addition to being hospitable.
If you’ve spent time at the gym, please tell us about it. If you have photos you’ve taken, please feel free to link to them. In the meantime, please enjoy the following.