Most of you know I have been photographing boxing for a long time. I also have been working on a film titled IN THIS CORNER and it has been one of my ongoing projects. Over the years, I have photographed Mohammed Ali, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Arturo Gatti, Gerry Cooney, Larry Holmes, and the list goes on.
While working on my film at Gleason’s I met a young man by the name of Khalid Twaiti over a decade ago. I believe he was 10 or 11 years old at the time. He had fire in his eyes, passion in his soul and determination in his heart. He is also very bright young man. Khalid has ten years at Gleason’s with an amazing amateur record. He has a great trainer by the name of Don Saxby who also has the same passion dedication and heart. Not only is he a great trainer but a surrogate dad in and out of the ring. Khalid’s mom, dad, family, and friends are very much behind him. Put that all in the world’s largest blender and what comes out I believe to be the next lightweight champion of the world – somewhere maybe between 118 and 127. Khalid will probably need another 36-40 months but will become Champion. There is no doubt in my mind.
Please enjoy the short video and stills from his recent fight in Brooklyn. https://vimeo.com/233877446
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