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.
Awed and thoroughly inspired by [boxers'] phenomenal and boundless courage, or 'heart', I was moved to study the sport through my lens.
2. Dimitry Kirilov - Super Flyweight.
3. Craig McEwan - Middleweight.
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.
4. Andy Lee - Middleweight.
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.
5. Terrell Nelson - Heavyweight.
6. Fabian Luque - Welterweight.
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.
7. Orlando Lora - Welterweight.
Given the powerful human attraction to observing violence, if not necessarily participating in it, boxing is very human; brutal, yes, but human.
8. Tarek Rached - Middleweight.
9. Octavio Narvaez - Light Middleweight.
My major goal was to use each boxer to make art, to make a remarkable and unique image that surprised and delighted me.
10. Jesse Feliciano - Light Middleweight.
Boxers are special individuals with desire and vulnerability, bravado and suffering, yearnings, and accomplishments and failures.
11. Don Mouton - Super Middleweight.
12. Pavel Wolak - Middleweight.
I have heard it said, by many, that one falls in love with boxers, these violent yet vulnerable men. And so I have.