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12 Wince-Inducing Photos Of Boxers Before And After A Fight

Photographer Howard Schatz studied professional boxing for six years in a bid to get under the skin of fighting champions.

1. Cecilio Santos - Super Featherweight.

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Awed and thoroughly inspired by [boxers’] phenomenal and boundless courage, or ‘heart’, I was moved to study the sport through my lens.

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2. Dimitry Kirilov - Super Flyweight.

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3. Craig McEwan - Middleweight.

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I am utterly fascinated by boxers, by the intensity and self-sacrifice required… at the same time… an acute blow to a boxer’s head can result in an irreversible change to the cerebral cortex at the cellular level.

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4. Andy Lee - Middleweight.

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I learned that there are no other athletes who endure and experience what fighters accept: the risk of serious physical harm caused by opponents whose careers are advanced by inducing a comatose state - often brief, sometimes irrecoverable - in their opponents.

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5. Terrell Nelson - Heavyweight.

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6. Fabian Luque - Welterweight.

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No one watching a boxer drop to the canvas thinks of coma; no one but the ringside physician … the fight fan sees power, force, domination, the will of one gladiator suddenly projected onto another, and its remarkable, memorable, thrilling result.

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7. Orlando Lora - Welterweight.

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Given the powerful human attraction to observing violence, if not necessarily participating in it, boxing is very human; brutal, yes, but human.

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8. Tarek Rached - Middleweight.

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9. Octavio Narvaez - Light Middleweight.

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My major goal was to use each boxer to make art, to make a remarkable and unique image that surprised and delighted me.

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10. Jesse Feliciano - Light Middleweight.

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Boxers are special individuals with desire and vulnerability, bravado and suffering, yearnings, and accomplishments and failures.

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11. Don Mouton - Super Middleweight.

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12. Pavel Wolak - Middleweight.

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I have heard it said, by many, that one falls in love with boxers, these violent yet vulnerable men. And so I have.

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Photographer Howard Schatz and Vladimir Klitschko, Heavy Weight Champion of the World.

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