Shooting Sports: Al Bello

Dominick Guinn knocks out Michael Grant with a left hook in the seventh round of their Heavyweight bout at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. on June 7, 2003. Photo by Al Bello

Michael Grant had been knocked down earlier in the round and was just trying to survive. He was all over the ring and when he got cornered I knew one more good punch would put him away. I tried to time the punch and when I shot the frame, I did not see the punch through my viewfinder, which is a good sign that I timed the punch correctly.  Boxing is a sport where so many things have to go right to get a great photo. Timing, focus, anticipation, luck all have to go your way.  There are no do overs in sports photography. Either you got it…or you missed it!


Al Bello

Al BelloA Getty Images veteran of many years, Bello graduated from Stonybrook in 1989. The following year he worked as a darkroom manager at Ring magazine where he was first introduced to boxing photography. In 1993 he became a junior photographer at Allsport which is now part of Getty Images. He's covered Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cups as well as several Olympic games but his real passion has been boxing. Bello’s images have been awarded prizes in every major photography contest.

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