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

Sunday, April 27, 2014

In Training Camp With Chris Arreola

On May 10, in Los Angeles, Chris Arreola 36-3-0 (31 KOs) will battle Bermane Stiverne 23-1-1  (20KOs) for the vacant WBC Heavyweight Title, the title that was vacated by Vitali Klitschko last December. Arreola, a resident of Southern California opted to keep his training camp close to home, The House of Boxing in San Diego.
I've been fortunate to spend time in Chris's training camp, here are some images.

It is important to protect the fighter's hand so a proper hand wrap is as necessary for the sparring session as it is for the actual fight.

Here Chris checks the wrap on his left.

After the hands are wrapped the gloves go on.

Some last minute instructions from the corner, Henry Ramirez is his coach & Trainer.

For this training camp Chris enlisted fellow heavyweight Joe Hanks 21-1-0 (14KOs) as his sparring partner. Here the mirror each others stance!

After the hard hitting sparring session, Chris

And Joe with Henry in the baseball cap.

Former IBF heavyweight champ Chris Byrd offers some insight.

Two shots of Chris on the heavy bag. 

Session all over - a group shot. L-R Henry Ramirez, Chris Arreola, Chris Byrd, Jamal Abdullah (Hanks coach & trainer) and Joe Hanks.

Many thanks to Chris Arreola, Chris Byrd and the House of Boxing.

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

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Yunier Dorticos vs Eric Fields ; 2014.04.16, King Sports Worldwide - Boxing at Barker

The first title bout of the evening, was a match up of two Cruiserweights, Yunier Dorticos with a record of 16-0-0 (16KOs) and Eric Fields with a 24-2-0 (16KOs) record. At stake were 2 titles, The WBA Interim Fedelatin and the vacant USBA Cruiserweight titles. A good match up with two hard hitting fighters.
Dorticos went down early in the first, while Fields went down twice in the second and finally put through the ropes in the fourth.
Dorticos improves to 17-0-0 with all 17 wins coming by way of knock outs (having only boxed a total of 36 rounds), and now holds three titles.

Here are some images of that contest.

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First knock down of Fields, through the ropes.

Dorticos first sets up the left with a right to the head. This left is the KO shot.

Special thanks to King Sports Worldwide.

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

Charles Martin vs Alexander Flores ; 2014.04.16 King Sports Worldwide - Boxing at Barker

The 'Main Event' was a contest for a vacant WBO NABO Heavyweight Title. A battle between two undefeated fighters, 'Prince' Charles Martin entering the ring with a 15-0-1 (13 KOs) record and Alexander Flores with a 14-0-0 (12KOs) record. At stake was not only the Title but also the '0', and one of those '0's' had to go.
Charles Martin took charge early, with 2 knock downs, the second coming at 1;14 of the 4th round.
'Prince' Charles Martin wins his first crown, his record improves to 16-0-1 (14 KOs) and moves up in the rankings to #14 on the WBO chart.

Here are some images from that fight; 

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A Special thanks to King Sports Worldwide.

As always all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage and cannot be reproduced with out explicit consent.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam vs Fulgencio Zuniga : 2014.04.16 King Sports Worldwide - Boxing At Barker

     In 1964 a fighter was asked how he was going to approach his upcoming title fight with Sonny Liston, then known as Cassius Clay said I'm going to "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee". That is exactly what former Super Middleweight Champ Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam did in his fight against an outmatched Fulgencio Zuniga.
     Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam was in total control of the fight when early in the 5th round he ruptured his left bicep. Hassan was then forced to complete the 10 round bout fighting with only one hand. He put on a truly amazing display of footwork, land shot after shot to Zuniga's head and body, while dodging and avoiding Zuniga's attempts to strike back. Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam improves to 30-1-0 (18 KOs) while Fulgencio Zuniga slips to 26-9-1 (23KOs).

Here are 15 images from that amazing bout, they are presented in order of capture:

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The image below was shot exactly when Hassan injured his left bicep. You can see the protrusion.

Even injured, again the protrusion is very evident, Hassan manages to land damaging rights.

While successfully avoided Zuniga's attempts to strike back.

Referee Jack Reiss raises Hassan's hand after the unanimous 100-90  decision.

 Team N'Dam.

Special thanks to King Sports Worldwide, Michael King and Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam

As always, all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage, all International restrictions apply, and cannot be used without explicit consent.

All images shot with Canon 1Dx & Canon 24-105 lens.