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John Claridge’s Boxers (Round Twelve)

April 6, 2013
by the gentle author

I am rooting for Contributing Photographer & Ex-Boxer John Claridge to go the full fifteen rounds with his awe-inspiring series, produced in collaboration with our good friends at London Ex-Boxers Association. There is an overwhelming spiritual intensity – as if Francisco Goya had got hold of a camera – distinguishing this authoritative set of portraits of London Boxers.

Sam Pasha (First fight 1948 – Last fight 1954)

Lenny Lee (ABA Trainer since 1979 – “the most famous cornerman in Britain”)

Jim Butler (First fight 1952 – Last fight 1955)

Danny Williams (Boxing fan and member of LEBA for twenty years)

Leslie Bird (First fight 1954 – Last fight 1956)

John Scanlon (First fight 1963 – Last fight 1980)

Paul Jenkins (First fight 1976 – Last fight 1980)

Ron Duncombe (First fight 1953 – Last fight 1956)

Wally Lodge (First fight 1946 – Last fight 1952)

Photographs copyright © John Claridge

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  1. April 6, 2013

    Stunning photos – quite a shocker to see so many character photos in one sweep. The eyes of each of them portray intelligence, alertness, determination – extremely interesting.

    Will definately look out for next rounds!!

    Paddy Kerr

  2. April 6, 2013

    Hi John,

    No suprises here.

    All beautiful.

    Do you remember the old boy we shot in a toilet for that prison image for Sony years ago?

    Hope all is well.


  3. Lee permalink
    April 6, 2013

    Great images as always, but I’m really pleased I didn’t take up boxing.


  4. April 6, 2013

    These photographs are brilliant. One is left to guess at every single blow.

  5. Jonathan permalink
    April 6, 2013

    peter gibb @” shot in a toilet ” and paid by by Sony for the hit, I’m calling the police !!!

  6. April 6, 2013

    As above, great set of images once again. G

  7. April 6, 2013

    Outstanding John you never cease to amaze me, Great images.

  8. Marien de Goffau permalink
    April 6, 2013

    Round One – Round Twelve. Portraits with style. Portraits of boxers. Portraits with strength and character. A unique series to admire. ❤

  9. Adrian Taylor permalink
    April 6, 2013

    One can see the pain in the eyes of many of these gentlemen.
    And the wisdom.

    Warmest regards,

  10. April 6, 2013

    These are amazing portraits. The men will live forever within such imagery.

  11. Olga Secerov permalink
    April 7, 2013

    stunning portraits. very inspirational and always look forward to your work.

  12. Barney permalink
    April 7, 2013

    Master imagery. Excellent!

  13. April 7, 2013

    Brave and Battered .

  14. April 8, 2013

    Raging Bull!
    Wonderful portraits John, the eyes tells so many stories, and you have, as usual captured the mood of the ring.
    Keep on shooting JC, the world needs your images.


  15. April 8, 2013

    Wow, now they are portraits.

    Unusual in this world of HappySnap style photography.

    Keep ’em coming John.



  16. April 11, 2013

    Wonderful John as ever, and the quality and depth of the printing is amazing . They don’t make them like that anymore!!

    More please and soon Love Jan

  17. David Drakes permalink
    April 12, 2013

    Phew! . . . more magic from the JC lens . . . only three rounds to go . . . what will we do when the bout’s all over!

  18. April 13, 2013

    Knockout portraits John, close to the bone as always.

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