That time we… Photographed boxers coming off the ring

A few years ago, long-time Word collaborator Sarah Eechaut took some photographs of boxers just as they emerged from the ring. The series was published in our Red Album and the result was nothing short of brilliant. Here’s what we had written as an intro at the time: There’s nothing embarrassing about a man who blushes. At least not when he’s just spent an hour in the ring, knocking his opponent to the ground harder than the Italian Stallion.

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Anthony Bombello. Picture taken at the Capitol Academy, Ghent, after a 20-minute warm-up.

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Jean-Pierre “Junior” Bauwens – 22 . Picture taken at Het Godshuis in Sint Laureins, after instructing a 30-minute boxing lesson. A few days earlier, he defended his lightweight world champion title with success.

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Ivo Cilurzo – 20. Picture taken at the Capitol Academy, Ghent, after two boxing matches with a 20-minute session of rope skipping in between.

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Jeffrey De Clercq – 19. Picture taken at the Golden Gloves Boxing Club, Ghent, after an intensive training session followed by a match.