I’ve got a fairly extensive history as a fight photographer. I’ve shots dozens of fight cards, and I’ve had fight pictures published in places like Ring Magazine and ESPN.com. I also do some sparring, and I have quite a few good friends who are boxers.
Nevertheless, it’s not the action I like to shoot. It’s the behind-the-scenes stuff, like the image above.
That’s professional boxer Sarah Kuhn of Albany, N.Y., in a “locker room’ at Albany’s Washington Avenue Armory, waiting for her bout with Texan Ashleigh Curry (hence the cowboy hat — Kuhn and her team tailor their outfits to her opponents). After this quiet moment, Kuhn walked to ring and won a convicing decision, advancing to 2-0.
I waited by this mirror for some time, knowing that this shot would happen eventually. A lot of what I do when it comes to photojournalism happens like that — I try to predict where the action will be and how best to capture it.
This is Plattsburg’s Jaclyn Trivilino, who shared a locker room with Kuhn and Troy’s Shawn Miller. Trivilino fought Nydia Feliciano of the Bronx for the female NYS Jr. Featherweight Title. The fight ended in a draw and the title remains vacant.
Finally, this is who I was at the Armory to photography — light heavyweight Shawn Miller (seated in the chair moments before his fight).
Shawn is one of my best friends and I have a love-hate relationship with shooting his fights. As an image-maker, I love these moments before the fight, when I can illustrate how alone a fighter is and how unglamorous and unromantic this pursuit is. However, I detest photographing Shawn in the ring. We’ve been friends for a long, long time, and I hate the thought that someone wants to hurt him.
On this night, though, Shawn advanced his record to 4-1 with a second round knockout of Houston’s Larry Hopkins. Here’s the punch that ended the fight:
Great work, Shawn! And congrats to all of the fighters who had the courage to step into the ring.