Blows of Glory
Photographs by
Susana Gonzalez
For Gloria Rios boxing seemed a strangely appropriate path to take. It was a vocation born out of her fight to improve the life she already lived with her fists; defending herself against daily aggression and establishing her place in the neighbourhood, where she spent most of her childhood.
It was in the gymnasium that Gloria met Laura Serrano the World Welter Weight champion, whom she admired almost
as much as the Virgin of Guadeloupe, and where she acquired the name Gloria "Dynamite" Rios.