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John Claridge’s Boxers (Round Four)

November 12, 2012
by the gentle author

Photographer and Ex-Boxer John Claridge has been making regular trips to the East End to take on members of London Ex-Boxers Association. John distinguished himself with some fine shots in Round One, proved a class act with a bravura display of his singular talent in Round Two, commanded the ring in Round Three with his spirit blazing, and now shows himself to be a potential champion in Round Four.

Len Wilson (First fight 1950 – Last fight 1963)

Charlie Oliver (First fight 1932 – Last fight 1952)

Charlie Wright, London Ex-Boxers Committee Member

Eddie Johnson, Ex- Landlord of the Two Puddings

Alan Docker, Trainer at Repton Boxing Club

Frankie Hewitt (First fight 1950 – Last fight 1952)

Geoff Born (First fight 1944 – Last fight 1957)

Joe Crickmar (First fight 1948 – Last fight 1956)

Mark Goult (First fight 1980 – Last fight 1990)

Mick Williamson, ‘The’ Cuts Man

Nobby Clarke (First fight 1948 – Last fight 1956)

Prince Rodney, Ex-British Champion 1980 (First fight 1978 – Last fight 1989)

Photographs copyright © John Claridge

Take a look at

John Claridge’s Boxers (Round One)

John Claridge’s Boxers (Round Two)

John Claridge’s Boxers (Round Three)

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

8 Responses leave one →
  1. November 12, 2012

    no portrait painting or drawing could improve on these photographs. The lighting, composition and texture combine to create magnificent and penetrating portraits.

  2. Lee permalink
    November 12, 2012

    The hard lives of these characters is graphically etched in these stunning portraits.



  3. Marien de Goffau permalink
    November 12, 2012

    Strong photographs with beautiful stories in those faces. Just great.

  4. November 12, 2012

    As always John a superb set of great faces beautifully photographed.

  5. November 12, 2012

    2 or 3 look like politicians actually.
    Lovely shots again, John.

  6. cindy hacker permalink
    November 12, 2012

    Poignant portraits of posed pugilists – Magnificent!

  7. November 16, 2012

    I’m sure they’re all really nice, gentle guys now in their mellower years but the furrows in their faces illuminated by JC’s ever probing lens exposes the tough times most of them must have faced in earlier years.

  8. Senna Campbell permalink
    December 28, 2012

    Wow Alan Docker’s my grandad (poppy) can’t believe he’s gone viral didn’t think would happen in a million years.

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