Last Friday (Nov 09, 2012), 5 members of the 2012 Men’s Olympic Boxing team made their pro debut. The Golden Boy Promotions event was held at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.
I had been photographing some of these athletes for well over a year. Not only following their amateur career, in addition their training for London as well . Consequently I had a very personal stake in this event, personal enough that I would drive 140 miles each way to cover it.
Here are some of the images from the 5 bouts, which incidentally were televised live on Showtime’s ‘ShoBox the Next Generation’. The images are presented in bouts fought order. As always all images are copyright PeterPolitanoff / RedStarImage, and cannot be reproduced without explicit consent!
All bouts were scheduled for 4 rounds.
Bantamweight - Raushee Warren defeated (UD) Luis Rivera 4/4
Heavyweight - Dominic Breazeale defeated (TKO) Curtis Tate 1/4
Referee Pat Russell checks out Tate before letting him get up.
Light Heavyweight - Marcus Browne defeated (KO) Codale Ford 3/4
Light Middleweight - Errol Spence defeated (KO) Jonathan Garcia 3/4
And in the final match,
Middleweight - Terrell Gausha defeated (KO) Dustin Caplinger 2/4
Special thanks to Fantasy Springs Casino, GoldenBoy Promotions, and ShoBox.