Al Bello Photographer

PICTURE STORIES: FACES OF BOXING

Every Boxer has a story written on their faces. Scars, bumps, crooked noses; permanently swollen eyes are stories of their fights and their pain that they have gone through worn on each fighters face. As you go through these images you can see the progression of a fighter's life from the time they are a child through the amateur ranks, young pro, champion, retired, and long retired. There is no sport that you are never more alone than in that ring willing to risk your life for the glory, the money, the pain. They are a rare breed of athlete. Brave, Honest, Real. I spent 6 months traveling to gyms, homes and Boxing shrines to photograph my heroes in the sporting world. They did not disappoint.

Garry Beratta poses at Ardan's Sweet Science gym on July 1, 2005  in Brooklyn, New York. He is nine years old at the time of this photo and has had no amateur fight as of yet.
  
Nicholas Cristian poses at Ardan's Sweet Science gym on July 1, 2005  in Brooklyn, New York. He is nine years old at the time of this photo and has had no amateur fight as of yet.
  
Jose Gonzalez Jr. poses at Sonny's Gym  on August 24, 2005  in Jersey City, New Jersey.  He is 12 years old at the time of this photo and has not had an amateur fight as of yet.
     
  
Amateur Boxer Mark Abad poses at H Club Gym  on September 22, 2005  in Hoboken, New Jersey.  He is 18 years old at the time of this photo.
  
Boxer Danny McDermott poses at H Club Gym  on September 22, 2005  in Hoboken, New Jersey.  He has a pro record of 2 wins and no losses and is 26 years old at the time of this photo.
  
Former New York Golden Gloves 178lb Champion Frank Alagna Jr. poses during the International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction weekend on June 9, 2007 in Canastota, New York
     
  
Diego Corrales, WBC Lightweight Champion poses for a portrait on June 11, 2005 at The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.  He started his pro career in 1996 and is presently active.  He is 27 years old at the time of this photo.
  
Undisputed World  Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor poses for a portrait  on November 15, 2005  in Memphis, Tennessee.  Taylor is 27 years old at the time of this photo. Taylor started his professional career in 2001.
  
Bernard Hopkins poses at his training camp in Big Bear Mountain on November 21, 2005  in Big Bear Mountain, California.  Hopkins is the Former Undisputed Middleweight Champion and is 40 years of age at the time of this photo.  He started his professional career in 1988 and is presently active.
     
  
Christy Martin, Former boxing champion poses for a portrait on June 10, 2005 at The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.  She is 37 years old at the time of this photo.
  
Arturo Gatti poses at Buddy McGirt's Gym on November 22, 2005  in Vero Beach, Florida. Gatti started his professional career in 1991, is presently active, and is the former Super Featherweight and Junior Welterweight Champion.  He is 33 years old at the time of this photo.
  
Vinny Pazienza, former lightweight and Jr. Middleweight Champion poses at his home on June 29, 2005  in Warwick Rhode Island.  He fought from 1983 thru 2004. He is 42 years old at the time of this photo.
     
  
Mike Tyson, two time former Heavyweight champion of the world poses at the Central Boxing Club on May 27, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona. He fought from 1985 thru 2005 and is 38 years old at the time of this photo.
  
Iran Barkley, former Middleweight Champion of the world poses for a photo on October 20, 2005  in The Bronx, New York.  He fought from 1982-1999 and is 45 years old at the time of this photo.
  
 Boxer, Vito Antuofermo, former World Middleweight Champion poses for a portrait on May 16, 2005 at The Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York.  He fought from 1971-1985.  He is 52 years old at the time of this photo.
     
  
Chuck Wepner former boxing heavyweight contender, poses at his home on on July 6, 2005  in Bayonne, New Jersey. He is 66 years old at the time of this photo.  He fought from 1964 thru 1978.
  
Ken Buchanan, former World Lightweight champion poses for a portrait on June 11, 2005 at The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.  He fought from 1965-1982.  He is 60 years old at the time of this photo.
  
Former Lightweight, Welterweight, Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight Champion Roberto Duran poses during the International Boxing Hall of Fame Induction weekend on June 9, 2007 in Canastota, New York
     
  
Emile Griffith, former three time world Welterweight Champion and two time Middleweight Champion poses for a portrait at The Waterfront Crabhouse on May 16, 2005  in Long Island City, New York.  Griffith fought from 1958-1977 and was the subject of a recent documentary on his life called Ring of Fire.  He is 67 years old at the time of this photo.
  
Henny Wallitch, former heavyweight contender poses for a portrait on May 16, 2005 at The Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York.  Wallitch fought from 1957-1967.
  
Carmen Basilio, Former World Middleweight champion and two time Welterweight champion poses for a portrait on June 11, 2005 at The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.  He fought from 1948-1961.  He is 78 years old at the time of this photo.
     
  
Jake LaMotta, former World Middleweight Champion poses for a portrait on June 11, 2005 at The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.  He fought from 1941-1954.  He is 83 years old at the time of this photo.