CARLOS ALBERTO

Carlos Alberto is a professional kickboxing fighter from Havana, Cuba. The first time I met him in March this year to make staged portraits. We decided, that it can be a good photo story if I accompany him during one of his fights.

On the 16th of June Carlos had a fight at the „Iron Fighters“ competition in Castelldefels in the 81kg light heavyweights K1 division. His opponent Dany Frigola was replaced by another fighter just a few days before the fight. Such change is a tuff task for any fighter because there is no time to study the competitor. Carlos new opponent was a Ukrainian experienced fighter Igor Vasiliev.

We are in the dressing room of a basketball building. The smell of Liniment is all over the place. The Liniment is used to protect the wounds from the infections. The calmness and the natural coolness of Carlos conceal his inner worries. He doesn’t talk much. His eyes are concentrated and his mind is occupied by the thought about the upcoming challenge. Carlos and his coach Luis Escudero have no information about Igor Vasiliev. They don't know yet what to expect and what tactics to apply during the fight. 

 Arturo, Carlos training partner from the DKSR Gym helps Carlos and Adina Cruglea, a female fighter who shares the dressing room, to prepare the gloves which takes approximately 15-20 minutes per hand. Luis Escudero , Carlos coach, precisely wrappes his hands and exchanges a few words about the upcoming fight.

Arturo, Carlos training partner from the DKSR Gym helps Carlos and Adina Cruglea, a female fighter who shares the dressing room, to prepare the gloves which takes approximately 15-20 minutes per hand. Luis Escudero , Carlos coach, precisely wrappes his hands and exchanges a few words about the upcoming fight.

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 Carlos Alberto and Igor Vasiliev.

Carlos Alberto and Igor Vasiliev.

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 Seductively dressed ring-girl takes Carlos by the hand and brings him to the ring while the presenter El Niño Foca proudly announces the names of the fighters.

Seductively dressed ring-girl takes Carlos by the hand and brings him to the ring while the presenter El Niño Foca proudly announces the names of the fighters.

 Igor Vasiliev looks calm. His eyes show no fear.

Igor Vasiliev looks calm. His eyes show no fear.

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 Vasiliev caught Alberto‘s leg a few times which brought Carlos to the floor.

Vasiliev caught Alberto‘s leg a few times which brought Carlos to the floor.

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Photographing fights is not an easy task. You can not really enjoy the show because while you are shooting like a machine gun you see only black, black, black. That happens because of the continuous curtain movements in the camera. Somehow I couldn't get these perfect shots as I did when photographing  “Rumble In The Cage” in Bremen. Maybe it was because the fighters were too fast, or they were missing the target or I just had no luck.

 Round two.

Round two.

 Igor Vasiliev is a master of heavy and dangerous overheads.

Igor Vasiliev is a master of heavy and dangerous overheads.

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 Carlos coach Luis Escudero.

Carlos coach Luis Escudero.

 In the second and the beginning of the third round, Vasiliev dominates in the ring. Suddenly I hear the sound of a bone hitting something hard. In the next milliseconds, Igor Vasiliev goes down. Its a win by knockout.

In the second and the beginning of the third round, Vasiliev dominates in the ring. Suddenly I hear the sound of a bone hitting something hard. In the next milliseconds, Igor Vasiliev goes down. Its a win by knockout.

 In one moment I hear a sound of a bone hitting something hard. In the next milliseconds, Igor Vasiliev goes down. Its a win with the knockout.

In one moment I hear a sound of a bone hitting something hard. In the next milliseconds, Igor Vasiliev goes down. Its a win with the knockout.

 Carlos Alberto celebrates.

Carlos Alberto celebrates.

 What a scary moment seeing a man on the floor without conscience for about a minute. This minute lasts forever and the only thought I have in my mind is: “Please, wake up, wake up…”. After this endless minute, Igor opens his eyes. A few moments later his colleagues help him stand up. Carlos gives Igor a warm brother-like hug. After the fight, Carlos will tell me, what a strong fighter Igor is.

What a scary moment seeing a man on the floor without conscience for about a minute. This minute lasts forever and the only thought I have in my mind is: “Please, wake up, wake up…”. After this endless minute, Igor opens his eyes. A few moments later his colleagues help him stand up. Carlos gives Igor a warm brother-like hug. After the fight, Carlos will tell me, what a strong fighter Igor is.

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Postscriptum

 Before & after.

Before & after.

 
 

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