Forming the ring are boxers Don Cockell, Jack Peterson, Jo Erskine, Henry Cooper, Jack Gardner, Len Harvey, Tommy Farr & Rocky Marciano.
Note: Image unearthed January 2013.
Arthur recalls: “I was on a late shift and the picture editor asked me to cover a black tie dinner at The Hilton Hotel in London where the Anglo-American Sporting Club were hosting a presentation dinner honouring the American heavyweight boxer Rocky Marciano. I remember walking along the hotel corridor on route to the special suite when I met a solitary lone figure sitting outside a set of plush doors. Incredibly, it was Rocky Marciano himself waiting to be called in and be introduced to the British Boxers. We chatted for quite a while, comparing broken noses (mine was broken by the school bully, who I unfortunately ran into one morning whilst on my paper round). Eventually, the doors opened and I followed him in. I had no preconceived idea for ‘The Ring’ picture but surrounded by all these boxers gave me a sudden inspiration. After taking a safety shot of the guys standing together I laid on the floor and switched to a wide angle lens, unintimidated I managed to persuade them to form a circle around me. I only took one frame, it was over in seconds, it was a miracle that nobody blinked, as it would’ve ruined the shot if any of them had. Needless to say, at the end of the night I was delighted with the pictures that I’d taken.”
Camera: Leica 35mm.
Film stock: Kodak Tri-X Pan.
Location: The Hilton Hotel, London.
Print Type: Fibre-based Harman Galerie FB Digital.
Printed by: Metro Imaging.
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Biography: Rocky Marciano (born Rocco Francis Marchegiano; September 1, 1923 – August 31, 1969) was an American professional boxer who held the world heavyweight title from September 23, 1952 to April 27, 1956. Marciano went undefeated in his career and defended his title six times, against Jersey Joe Walcott, Roland La Starza, Ezzard Charles (twice), Don Cockell, and Archie Moore. Known for his relentless fighting style, stamina, and an iron chin, Marciano has been ranked by many boxing historians as one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time. His knockout percentage of 87.75 is one of the highest in heavyweight history.