Steve Russell - Staff Photographer
If there ever was a sport that photography had to catch up to, it has to be boxing!
My memory is pretty bad or digital photography has progressed to the point where I have forced myself to forget how it was before. Or maybe, I simply never shot any boxing predigital!
How some of the iconic boxing pictures were shot on 36 frame rolls of film is a testament to how good some of those photographers were. Also pre-autofocus too.
The nature of boxing lends itself to shooting a load of frames. The boxers are encouraged to be busy, both by their trainers and a crowd that has little patience. As the boxers dance around the ring they feint punches hoping to gauge how their opponent will react, we react to them too. The slightest motion increases our pressure on the trigger button letting loose a burst of a click or three.
The 8 GB cards offer us unlimited frames and the opportunity to delete images between rounds, we can also tag those frames we think are "keepers" to speed up the edit at the end of the bout.
The Rumble at Rama XI, had a five fight undercard that featured a WBA women's super bantam weight (122 pounds) Championship of the World bout and the Canadian Heavyweight (over 200 pounds) Championship on the line. The Main event was the IBF Junior Featherweight (122 pounds) Championship of the World featuring Canadian Steve Molitor trying to regain the vacant title against South Africa's Takalani Ndlovu.
The main event usually starts after 11 pm so 12 three minute rounds with all the breaks between rounds makes it the midnight newspaper deadline tight.
The bonus on the evening is that the event is broadcast in HD so the lighting is usually not bad as far as boxing goes, I shot at around 3200 ISO, 1/2000, f4.
Toronto’s Neven Pajkic battles Canadian Heavyweight champion, Greg “The Steel Pole” Kielsa ver 10 rounds in a historic meeting of undefeated foes battling for the Canadian Heavyweight title. Both fighters were 11-0 entering the bout.