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Tinju Profesional Kuba Kembali Bergairah Setelah Absen Puluhan Tahun

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Jumat, 08 Apr 2022 16:31 WIB

Kuba - Kuba melarang tinju profesional tak lama setelah revolusi 1959. Kini, petinju mulai diizinkan bertarung secara profesional lagi untuk pertama kalinya.

A boxer known as Jonathan trains at the Rafael Trejo boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Cuba banned professional boxing shortly after the 1959 revolution, but boxers will be allowed to fight professionally in Cuba again for the first time under a deal with a Mexican promoter, officials announced March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Petinju berlatih di sasana tinju Rafael Trejo di Old Havana, Kuba, Rabu, (6/4/2022). Kuba melarang tinju profesional tak lama setelah revolusi 1959. Sekarang akan diizinkan bertarung secara profesional lagi di Kuba untuk pertama kalinya berdasarkan kesepakatan dengan promotor Meksiko.

A boxer known as Jonathan trains at the Rafael Trejo boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Cuba banned professional boxing shortly after the 1959 revolution, but boxers will be allowed to fight professionally in Cuba again for the first time under a deal with a Mexican promoter, officials announced March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Pertarungan pertama di bawah perjanjian baru dijadwalkan pada Mei. Kuba telah menjadi kekuatan global dalam tinju di tingkat amatir, yang sangat berfokus pada kesuksesan Olimpiade. Kuba memenangkan empat medali emas di Olimpiade Tokyo lalu.

A boxer known as Jonathan trains at the Rafael Trejo boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Cuba banned professional boxing shortly after the 1959 revolution, but boxers will be allowed to fight professionally in Cuba again for the first time under a deal with a Mexican promoter, officials announced March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Tapi selama beberapa dekade, pejabat olahraga Kuba menghindari olahraga profesional. Petinju seperti Teófilo Stevenson dan Félix Savón tidak pernah menjadi profesional.

A boxer known as Jonathan trains at the Rafael Trejo boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Cuba banned professional boxing shortly after the 1959 revolution, but boxers will be allowed to fight professionally in Cuba again for the first time under a deal with a Mexican promoter, officials announced March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Olahraga profesional memungkinkan atlet untuk meningkatkan pendapatan mereka. Banyak atlet Kuba dari olahraga lain telah meninggalkan pulau itu dalam beberapa dekade terakhir untuk mencari karir profesional yang menguntungkan yang tidak tersedia di bawah sistem sosialis Kuba.

A boxer known as Jonathan trains at the Rafael Trejo boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Cuba banned professional boxing shortly after the 1959 revolution, but boxers will be allowed to fight professionally in Cuba again for the first time under a deal with a Mexican promoter, officials announced March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Berdasarkan kesepakatan itu, pejabat Kuba mengatakan petinju akan mendapatkan 80% dari pendapatan. Sementara pelatih, dokter dan federasi akan membagi 20% sisanya.

A boxer known as Jonathan trains at the Rafael Trejo boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Cuba banned professional boxing shortly after the 1959 revolution, but boxers will be allowed to fight professionally in Cuba again for the first time under a deal with a Mexican promoter, officials announced March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Alberto Puig, presiden Federasi Tinju Kuba, mengatakan bahwa tinju profesional telah "memanusiakan" dirinya sendiri dalam beberapa tahun terakhir dan berpendapat bahwa sekarang hanya ada sedikit perbedaan dalam aturan tersebut.

A boxer known as Jonathan trains at the Rafael Trejo boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Cuba banned professional boxing shortly after the 1959 revolution, but boxers will be allowed to fight professionally in Cuba again for the first time under a deal with a Mexican promoter, officials announced March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Seorang petinju lompat tali di sasana tinju Rafael Trejo di Old Havana, Kuba.

Tinju Profesional Kuba Kembali Bergairah Setelah Absen Puluhan Tahun
Tinju Profesional Kuba Kembali Bergairah Setelah Absen Puluhan Tahun
Tinju Profesional Kuba Kembali Bergairah Setelah Absen Puluhan Tahun
Tinju Profesional Kuba Kembali Bergairah Setelah Absen Puluhan Tahun
Tinju Profesional Kuba Kembali Bergairah Setelah Absen Puluhan Tahun
Tinju Profesional Kuba Kembali Bergairah Setelah Absen Puluhan Tahun
Tinju Profesional Kuba Kembali Bergairah Setelah Absen Puluhan Tahun