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In the musty funk of a Havana boxing gym, Idamelys Moreno smacks a series of whomping right hooks into a heavy punching bag. For the past four years, she has ripped it up in training to try to emulate dozens of Cuban men in winning Olympic boxing gold.Cubans are rightly proud of their unique boxing tradition, which has brought a haul of 37 Olympic golds and 76 World Championship winner's medals -- all by men.Male bastionIt's an ugly paradox for these women that since 2006 Cuba has been represented in the female programs in all Olympic sports, including weightlifting and wrestling, but not in that last bastion of Cuban machismo, inside the ropes of a boxing ring.It is generally accepted here that boxing is a man's sport, far too dangerous to accommodate women. Moreno dismisses the views of Cuban men that boxing is too dangerous for her, insisting body protection is more than adequate.
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