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August 12th, 2009
Victory Is Your Duty
Timeline: Cuba's Brawn Drain

Scroll through the timeline below to learn more about the Cuban boxers who left their homeland to pursue professional boxing abroad. Click on the “+” signs to see a detailed description about how each boxer fared after defecting. Make sure to watch the WIDE ANGLE interview with Cuban boxing promoter Luis de Cubas at the end of the timeline.

WBA: World Boxing Association
WBO: World Boxing Organization
IBA: International Boxing Association
NABO: North American Boxing Association
Technical Knockout: A technical knockout (TKO) occurs when the referee stops a fight because a boxer is unable to defend himself or is badly bruised or cut.
Flyweight: 112 lbs
Bantamweight: 118 lbs
Featherweight: 126 lbs
Lightweight: 135 lbs
Welterweight: 147 lbs
Middleweight: 160 lbs
Light Heavyweight: 175 lbs
Heavyweight: 200 lbs

  • M. Owens

    Great episode, thanks for the;”Where Are They Now?” info. As a long time fight fan who has seen many Cuban fighters, two questions came to mind:
    -I hate to bring up the race issue, but why is it that most of the Cuban fighters are Black?
    -As you see more women fighters, has Cuba embraced any female fighters?

  • Herminia Rendon

    Hi I would like the fight records of Lino Rendon who left Cuba in 1957.

  • Herminia Rendon

    Hi I was wondering if it would be possible for you to send me Lino Rendon fight records. He left Cuba in 1957. I’m his daughter and I’m writting a book and would love to have this information, so that I may insert in my book. Thank you

    Herminia Rendon


    Herminia: Your father’s record was 19 wins (12 KOs), 18 losses (8 KO) and two draws for a total of 39 matches. You can see more details here:

  • Herminia Rendon

    Hi i was wondering if there anyway possible to see any of Lino Rendons fights. there most be footage somewhere.

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