Some of Cuba’s most celebrated past
and present boxers were in New York City last week for a special pre-screening
of the documentary film ‘A Fighting Chance’, the story of Cuban boxing.
Former Cuban greats Florentino
Fernandez and Ultiminio ‘Sugar’ Ramos as well as today’s stars Frankie Otero
and Yuriorkis Gamboa were at the screening.
It was produced by Winner Take All
Productions and Throwback Media and the full title is A Fighting Chance – One
sport; One people, Two homes separated by 90 miles.
There are few places on the planet
that have provided boxing with as much talent as Cuba. The island has produced
historic world champions in the pro game and heroic Olympic gold medallists in
the amateur ranks.
But the rise to the top for a Cuban
fighter is unlike any other. The spectre of politics, betrayal and freedom hang
over every bout, every gruelling training session.
The viewer gets to know Cuban
legends from the past such as Hall-of-Famers Kid Gavilan, Luis Rodriguez and
Sugar Ramos as well as recent Olympic gold medallists Gamboa and Guillermo
Rigondeaux, who left home to continue their careers and now reside in the United
With footage and interviews from
Havana, Miami, Mexico City and Atlantic City, this film explores the emotional
roller coaster of the Cuban athlete.
From executive producer Dave
Schuster and producers Fred Rosenberg and Bobby Cassidy, A Fighting Chance, is
a powerful journey of courage and desire. It was written and directed by
“Cuba is the most unbelievable
place I’ve ever been,” said Cassidy. “The spirit of the athletes – as
well as the citizens in general – is inspiring. Some of these kids are sparring
in bare feet. But it doesn’t deter them for a second. They train every
Also at the premier were former
world champions Emile Griffith and Gene Fullmer.