“Why do you want to go there?” That’s the reaction I would receive over and over again as I searched for a boxing gym tucked away somewhere within Estación Plaza Constitución, one of Buenos Aires busiest railway stations.
I turned up alone in the huge station asking where I could find it. Everyone I spoke to either denied its existence or acted suspiciously and pointed me in a general direction. When I eventually found the gym, I had no idea what to expect as I went down the dark, rickety stairs, like something you might have seen in a Harry Potter movie.
I was surprised to find Ferriobaires boxing club where manager Alberto Santoro, 69, has been boxing for 55 years and where he now trains a dedicated group of boys like Leo Fonseca, a 19-year-old boxer, with a disjointed childhood, looking to improve his family’s life in Burzaco, a poor suburb of Buenos Aires.
Research and Concept by Andrew Gold
Camera and Editing by Thomas Seegers
Music by Zino van Hamersveld
Produced by Studio Baires