You know, I just can't walk past a mirror without taking a self portrait.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It's Time To Walk

Years of training, 6-8 weeks of camp & intense preparation to time the athlete's performance so he will peak for this moment in his career. Then, it's a 2 hour wait. Check in time is 2 hours before his scheduled fight time.

After the urine test and quick exam by the Commission Physician, the referee Tom Taylor gives the fighter instructions.

The ring announcer stops by checking for proper pronunciation, and a little small talk.

Then the wait starts, fellow fighters stop by for support. Some times the fighter has a scheduled fight time, usually when the fights are telecast. Other times it is as quickly as the previous bouts end.

Tonight boxing great Bernard Hopkins stopped in to encourage the fighter. 

This evening Super Middleweight Jason Quigley 6-0-0 had a scheduled fight time.

About 35 minutes before the bout Coach & Trainer Manuel Robles starts to wrap Jason's hands. The process which ensures that the fighters hands are well padded and protected for the punishment they are going to be inflicting on the opponent.

Jason's all set!

All aspects of the fighters preparations are carefully monitored by State Athletic Commission officials. Once the hands are wrapped an official signs and marks the wrapping to ensure the integrity of the fight.

Once wrapped the fighter is turned over to the conditioning coach. The fighter up first warmed up and then stretched 

Then the final prep begins, the fighter dresses. First the protective cup then his trunks.

Next come the gloves, again under the watchful eye of the officials. Laced by the coach and tapped by the official. Everything done by the book.

The final warm up, on the mitts, while coaches and manager look on. Just enough for the fighter to be sharp when he enters the ring.

The official announces   " It is time to walk " ,  in that last moment - the complete trust of the fighter with his coach.

All of that for this result. Jason Quigley improves to 7-0-0 in a second round KO of his opponent. In 7 bouts Jason has only fought for 12 rounds, all of his 7 victories coming by way of KO.

All images except the last 2 were shot with Leica M (240) ISO 2000 w/ 35mm Summicron lens.

As always all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage and may not be reproduced without explicit consent.

Special thanks to  Sheer Sports Management, Team Quigley, Jason Quigley, Ken Sheer, Rachel Charles, Manuel Robles and GoldenBoy Promotions

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bradley vs Vargas : Top Rank Boxing 2015.06.27

Last Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson CA,  Top Rank had Timothy Bradley matched up with Jesse Vargas. Bradley came in with a record of 31-1-1 w/ 12KOs, while undefeated Vargas's record was 26 wins w/ 9KOs. At stake was the interim WBO World Welterweight title. Bradley clearly dominated the fight for all 12 rounds. The 12th round however proved to be controversial, Vargas tagged Bradley with 15 seconds to go, they then tied up on the ropes, referee Pat Russell separated the 2 fighters and then mistakenly called then end of the fight with 7 seconds still to go in the round. Vargas thought that the fight had been called because Bradley couldn't continue. That however was not the case. Russell had mistaken the 10 second warning for the bell.

Bradley was awarded the victory by UD. Here are some of my shots from that contest;

Here is where referee Pat Russell makes his mistake. The fighters are tied up against the ropes, Pat separates them. We could clearly hear the 10 warning up in the booth and then suddenly he calls it with about 7 to go. 

As always all images are copyright  Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage  and may not be reproduced without explicit consent. You are more then welcome however to link to this site.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Duffus vs Reyes ; 2015.06.13 Top Rank / Bash Boxing

In a battle of cruiserweights, scheduled for 6 rounds, Israel Duffus 7(6KOs)-3-0 was matched up with Carlos Reyes 7(5KOs)-7-1. A battle it was. Reyes was down twice, in the 1st and 6th, while Duffus was down in the 2nd. Reyes was also cut badly in the third, and despite his corner not being able to stop the bleeding the fight continued. The contest continued until the fight was finally stopped in the 6th. Reyes showed a lot of heart, but this was his first loss by a KO. Duffus showed skill and patience and wore Reyes down, finishing him off with a 6th, improving his record to 8(7KOs)-3-0.

Here are images from that contest;

As always, all images are   copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage  and may not be reproduced without explicit written consent. You are more than welcome however to link to this site.

Special thanks to Steve Bash, Bash Boxing and Top Rank

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Gassiev vs Moore ; 2015.06.13 Top Rank / Bash Boxing

Cruiserweight Murat Gassiev was matched up with Rodney Moore in a bout scheduled for 6 rounds at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, CA. An event co-sponsored  by Top Rank and Bash Boxing. Gassiev made short work of Moore, dropping him twice in the 2nd round with referee Eddie Hernandez stopping the contest at the 1:55 mark of the second round. Gassiev improves to 22(16KO)-0-0, while Moore drops to 17(7KO)-10(1KO)-2 and loses his first by KO.

Here are some images from that short contest:

As always, all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage and cannot be reproduced without explicit written consent. You are more than welcome however to link to this site.
Special thanks to Steve Bash, Top Rank & Team Gassiev.

Friday, June 12, 2015

In Training Camp With Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam

Next Saturday June 20 in Montreal, Quebec,  Hassan N'Dam (coming off of an impressive win over Curtis Stevens) will face off with David Lemieux for the vacant IBF World middleweight title. Hassan entering the ring with a 31(18KO)-1-0 will face Lemieux with a comparable record 33(31KO)-2(1KO)-1, Hassan UD loss coming at the hands of the undefeated Peter 'Kid Chocolate' Quillin, while Lemieux was decisioned by Joachim Alcine and KO'd by Marco Antonio Rubio. For both fighter a defining fight!
I have covered Hassan's last two fights as well as the training camps leading up to them. Consequently he is no stranger to me. Although I won't be covering this fight, I did however want to spend time with Hassan and Team N'Dam in the training camp leading up to this fight.

Here are some of the images from the last 2 weeks.

As always, all images & text are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage and cannot be reproduced without explicit written consent. You are more than welcome however to link to this site. Images were shot w/ Canon (1-5, 8-10) or Leica (6,7,11,12)  Cameras & lenses.