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John Claridge’s Boxers (Round Three)

October 29, 2012
by the gentle author

Photographer and Ex-Boxer John Claridge took on members of London Ex-Boxers Association when he returned to the East End recently. John distinguished himself with some fine shots in Round One, proved himself a class act with a bravura display of his singular talent in Round Two, and enters the ring for Round Three with his spirit blazing.

Nat Rodgers (First fight 1959 – last fight 1964)

George Bracken (First fight 1960 – last fight 1964)

George Hollister (First fight 1962 – last fight 1965)

Terry Bay (First fight 1949- last fight 1956)

Mike Taub (Boxing writer since 1960)

George McManus (Boxing fan since 1944)

Tommy Mellis (President Surrey Ex-Boxers Association)

Terry Clarke (Boxing writer since the nineties)

Don Ewing (First fight 1966 – last fight 1972)

Ray Caulfield (First fight 1964 – last fight 1970)

Stephen Powell (President of London Ex-Boxers Association & Landlord of The Globe)

Willie Hudson (First fight 1967 – last fight 1972)

Photographs copyright © John Claridge

Take a look at

John Claridge’s Boxers (Round One)

John Claridge’s Boxers (Round Two)

and these other pictures by John Claridge

John Claridge’s East End

Along the Thames with John Claridge

At the Salvation Army with John Claridge

In a Lonely Place

A Few Diversions by John Claridge

This was my Landscape

John Claridge’s Spent Moments

Signs, Posters, Typography & Graphics

Working People & a Dog

Invasion of the Monoliths

Time Out with John Claridge

Views from a Dinghy by John Claridge

People on the Street & a Cat

In Another World with John Claridge

A Few Pints with John Claridge

A Nation Of Shopkeepers

Some East End Portraits by John Claridge

Sunday Morning Stroll with John Claridge

John Claridge’s Cafe Society

Graphics & Graffiti

Just Another Day With John Claridge

At the Salvation Army in Eighties

15 Responses leave one →
  1. Lee permalink
    October 29, 2012

    I continue to be stunned by these great portraits !



  2. October 29, 2012

    Another great series of portraits John.

  3. October 29, 2012

    very powerful and emotional.

  4. October 29, 2012

    Great portraits!!

  5. October 29, 2012

    Great portraits!

  6. October 29, 2012

    They just go on astonishing the viewer John – Thankyou

  7. Adrian Taylor permalink
    October 29, 2012

    Damn, John!
    These are great portraits!

  8. Cindy Hacker permalink
    October 29, 2012

    You continue to astound in the width and breadth of your talent. You were probably safer behind the camera, anyway! xx

  9. October 29, 2012

    Another great set of photographs John,I think they need to go into a book

  10. October 30, 2012

    A book of these amazing faces would be very welcome, hopefully one day we’ll see it in print, because John Claridge is the unknown master of photography, no celebrity nonsense or the “Look at me” it’s all just raw and honest with John, and I hope to see more from John in the very near future.

  11. October 31, 2012

    A third round of “gentle” East End bruisers . . . as usual the JC lens takes no prisoners and tells no lies!

  12. Alice permalink
    November 1, 2012

    Fantastic, round 3 has proved just as exciting as rounds 1 and 2. The sparkling light in the eyes of the boxers shows the spirit that they all still clearly have. Will there be an exhibiton at the Ex-Boxers Association? It would be fantastic to see them printed in all their glory!

  13. November 1, 2012

    There is so much emotion and character in these portraits. I feel I get a real insight into the personalities of the sitters. Whoever says photography doesn’t show character like a painting can, needs to see these photos!

  14. Marien de Goffau permalink
    November 1, 2012

    Round 3. (Yes Alice, an exhibition…!!)
    John, these portraits are great. Thanks.
    Boxers in portrait still alive and kicking.

  15. Olga Secerov permalink
    November 1, 2012

    These guys are so fascinating and the photographs allow me to get into their world.

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