Michael Diven could sense the skepticism. A boxing display between amateur fighters from Pittsburgh and Cuba, staged on the Roberto Clemente Bridge?
The logistics of the location were one thing. But would the Cuban boxing federation actually be interested in bringing a delegation here on July 30, less than a week before the start of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro?
Mr. Diven, a retired state representative and Brookline native, believes he has an emphatic answer for any doubters now. Last week, three Cuban officials — Marta Lidia Ruiz, the director of international relations for the National Sports Institute (INDER); Heriberto Suarez Pereda, the commissioner of Cuba’s baseball federation; and Judith Langaney, a baseball specialist and translator — traveled to Pittsburgh to meet with community leaders and to show their country’s commitment to this unique event.
“This visit is very important for us,” said Ms. Lidia Ruiz, through the translation of Ms. Langaney.