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Celebrating 20 years: The Prizefighters - An Intimate Look at Champions and Contenders

From the 20th anniversary celebration at Coogan's featuring a screening of Rocky, Monday, April 28th, 2014.

Thank you all for joining me this evening.
The first time I ever gave a speech in public was in front of 500 people when I received a prestigious award from the Boxing Writers Association of America. Heavyweight champion Joe Frazier sat to my right on the dais and he assured me that there was nothing to be nervous about. After all, he had fought Muhammad Ali.
Well, the warning bell rang before the program was to begin and I began to hyperventilate. So I visited the ladies room to splash cold water on my face and to dry my armpits with paper towels. My speech was left on the table next to Joe Frazier.
Then it was my turn. After days of rehearsing with five pages of script in hand, I stood fearlessly in front of the crowd like a champion. That is, until after I spoke into the microphone. After my opening line, I stopped and thought “Oh, THAT’S what my voice sounds like.” And…

The Prizefighters

The Prizefighters features photographs from the book, The Prizefighters: An Intimate Look at Champions and Contenders.

Luminous black and white portraits of the boxing community include Sugar Ray Robinson, Marvin Hagler, Joe Frazier, Hector Camacho, legendary trainer Ray Arcel, and faces of the nameless, with dreams of glory.

The video is set to the iconic music from the movie, Rocky, "Gonna Fly Now" is composed by Bill Conti with lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, a perfect fit for these photo.