Red Corner

By: Gustav Hoiland

May 17 2013

Category: boxing

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Focal Length:17mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Looking Up

Coaches play their boxers like they are unresponsive game controllers. Wireless and the batteries are near dead. ONE-TWO-ONE-TWO KEEP YOUR HANDS UP… in any given round, the machine responds to perhaps one command.

I spent the evening in the red corner, often smushed onto perhaps the single most microbially diverse swamp of suede in the Northern hemisphere, lush with everything a human body can give. Elbows, then forearms, then cheekbone resting on its softness, all to get this kind of angle.

This was a bit different than the boxing gym behind the auto-body shop. Four side-referees, a panel of judges, the tuxedo’d man announcing the fighters as the arena went dark with anticipation. My only advice – don’t pay extra to have a tuxedo’d man say “and this round is brought to you by [companyname], because it’ll probably be muffled and a sponsor announcement is soon forgotten during a fight.

The Friday After.

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