A knockout to gangsterism

Jan 31, 2020

‘Box Pantera’ is not only a boxing team in the city of Cali, Colombia, but also a sports initiative that seeks that young people from the east of the city don’t fall into gangs. In that sector of Cali – known as Aguablanca District- is where the highest rates of violence are concentrated.

Of the 1170 murders recorded in 2017, 483 occurred in the Aguablanca District. Faced with this panorama that has been presented for years and with the purpose of bringing new opportunities to the youth of the sector, ‘Box Pantera’ was founded in 2005 by Gustavo Mosquera Ibarguen, former boxer and  exmember of a gang during his adolescence. The team has about 50 members between the ages of 13 and 24.

Almost every night, the members of 'Box Panthera' train in the Sports Center of the Ciudad Córdoba neighborhood. January 25, 2018.
Almost every night, the members of ‘Box Panthera’ train in the Sports Center of the Ciudad Córdoba neighborhood. January 25, 2018.
Despite having retired from boxing in 2004, Gustavo Mosquera still has the habit of exercising every Saturday at the Mariano Ramos Coliseum, east of Cali.
Despite having retired from boxing in 2004, Gustavo Mosquera still has the habit of exercising every Saturday at the Mariano Ramos Coliseum, east of Cali. Before being given to this sport, Gustavo belonged, during his adolescence, to a gang known as ‘Los Angeles in Hell’, of which at least one member died every two weeks in clashes with other armed groups. February 3, 2018.
Jeison, a member of the gang 'La 33', poses with his revolver 38’, which he uses to commit thefts or participate in gang clashes.
Jeison, a member of the gang ‘La 33’, poses with his revolver 38’, which he uses to commit thefts or participate in gang clashes. Although the 21-year-old belonged to ‘Box Panther’, he continued in the gang for “grudges he could not pass up”. February 6, 2018.
Carlos Enrique and Jhon Jairo, brothers of Gustavo Mosquera, are the names that he was tattooed after the deaths of both: the first, in the middle of a gang confrontation and the second, when he tried to rob a store and was killed by its owner. February 3, 2018.
Carlos Enrique and Jhon Jairo, brothers of Gustavo Mosquera, are the names that he was tattooed after the deaths of both: the first, in the middle of a gang confrontation and the second, when he tried to rob a store and was killed by its owner. February 3, 2018.
Daniel Stiven Ibargüen, one of the sports promises of the east of the city, improves his position as a boxer with the help of Gustavo Mosquera, whom he considers his idol. January 27, 2018.
Daniel Stiven Ibargüen, one of the sports promises of the east of the city, improves his position as a boxer with the help of Gustavo Mosquera, whom he considers his idol. January 27, 2018.
Jeison shows a bullet of his revolver 38’. February 6, 2018.
Jeison shows a bullet of his revolver 38’. February 6, 2018.
Two members of ‘Bon Pantera’ face each other during a boxing training. February 2, 2018.
Two members of ‘Bon Pantera’ face each other during a boxing training. February 2, 2018.
Mosquera Ibargüen talks with one the members of the team at El Retiro neighborhood’s park. January 27, 2018.
Mosquera Ibargüen talks with one the members of the team at El Retiro neighborhood’s park. January 27, 2018.
A shadow in Mariano Ramos Coliseum, east of Cali. February 2, 2018.
A shadow in Mariano Ramos Coliseum, east of Cali. February 2, 2018.
A member of another boxing team, Gustavo Mosquera and Daniel Stiven Ibargüen warm up at the Mariano Ramos Coliseum. February 3, 2018.
A member of another boxing team, Gustavo Mosquera and Daniel Stiven Ibargüen warm up at the Mariano Ramos Coliseum. February 3, 2018.

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