Sacramento, CA-based photographer Michael Starghill shot a short term project documenting a boxer named Otis Griffin in Sacramento training for a professional fight.
As you can see from previous posts, I’ve been spending a little bit of time around boxers and hot, box gyms. A few months ago, I got a sudden urge to photograph some boxing activity but I have no idea where the inspiration came from. A Floyd Mayweather tweet? A Manny Pacquiao Hennessy ad? I don’t know. I photographed boxing before…the negatives are around here somewhere.
Anyway, I got online and on the phone emailing and calling boxing promoters, matchmakers and gyms in the Sacramento area. I got a call back from Eddie Rodriquez who gave me Otis Griffin’s number and that’s how it all came together. Eddie told me that Otis was fighting on August 24th and being around mid-June, I thought it was an ideal time frame for a small project. O had already been on and won a boxing reality show called The Next Great Champ produced by Oscar de la Hoya. The show premiered a little bit before The Contender debuted, but definitely wasn’t as popular.
Continue reading and see more photos on Michael’s blog.