In this March 16, 2013 photo, Rainer Rivera, 9, waits to watch a boxing tournament at the Rafael Trejos boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba. Cuba banned professional boxing shortly after the

 

              In this March 16, 2013 photo, Rainer Rivera, 9, waits to watch a boxing tournament at the Rafael Trejos boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba. Cuba banned professional boxing shortly after the
In this March 16, 2013 photo, Rainer Rivera, 9, waits to watch a boxing tournament at the Rafael Trejos boxing gym in Old Havana, Cuba. Cuba banned professional boxing shortly after the 1959 revolution. Now the island is on the verge of partially reversing five decades of strictly amateur boxing. That would mean a big raise for Cuban fighters, the most successful of whom collect lifetime stipends of $100-$300 a month after winning Olympic or World medals. Others presumably earn an amount closer to the national average salary of around $20 per month. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)