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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. 




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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;











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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:











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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.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Ringside With Leica M (240)

Leica is not the camera of choice for sports photography. Manual focus, no continuous shooting to speak of (certainly not the 12 fps of my Canon 1DX), ISO challenged, slow processing, and manual aperture settings as well.
So when I shoot boxing why take it along? Aside from the 'ringside candids' how is it useful. Well for those who remember film, and going even further back the pre auto focus and even pre zoom lens days, how were sports shot then, boxing in particular. Single shots, manual film advance, manual focus, manual light level readings and aperture settings. Granted the type of results in general were not on a par with those achievable today. However there are some iconic images, Neil Leifer's Ali/Liston to name just one.
So last Saturday night I decided to try an experiment, or was it to prove a point! When I shoot with my Canons as a rule I invariably take light level readings, I use a gray card to set my white balance (custom white balance) and set my cameras to manual mode, set my aperture and shutter speed. No auto ISO, no aperture priority, no shutter priority, with the exception of AI servo and 12fps all other settings are fixed manually. and remain constant while shooting the action in the ring. So setting up my Leica would be no different - the only real challenge is the focus (especially since I like to shoot a narrow DOF) since the fighters are continually moving. At various times during the bouts I put my Canon's down, and shot with my Leica M (240) w/ 50mm Summicron - 1/500 @  f/4 (ISO 2500). Granted this is not the first time I have shot boxing with the M, but those situations were usually in the gym when the fighters were training. This was however the first time where the results mattered.

Here are some of the images, starting with a few ringside candids and then shooting the action:

Referee Jack Reiss

One of the Tecate 'RingGirls'


Fellow ringside photog Top Rank's own Mikey Williams


The ringside timer


Now for the action shots!



Focus, timing and anticipation!






The other Tecate RingGirl



End of the night, this shot in comparison was a piece of cake!


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