Athletes train hard for their sport. They know talent has to be combined with rigorous practice if they are to compete to win. Often before a fight they get in the ring to sparr for several rounds. This sets their pace and gets their hearts pumping as they focus on the task ahead.
The painting "Sparring" is of light welterweight boxer Felix "Ferocious" Fernandez, based in Atlanta, Georgia at the time.
Link to the exhibit National Art Museum of Sport.