LWCBA – Real City Steel III, 20th October 2016

Last Thursday night I covered the 3rd London White Collar Boxing Academy Real City Steel III boxing event, taking place at the The Steel Yard, London EC4R . 16 fighters took to the ring to battle it out to be the winner in 3 x 2 mins rounds. These fighters have either been boxing for years, months or the minimum of 12 weeks. The event run by the LWCBA is helping to raise funds for Haven House , a children’s hospice which has supported over 650 families, looking after children and young people aged from birth to 19 years old who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Residential and community services extend across North and North East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire, including respite and end-of-life care.

The fighters (scroll)

Pre-fight preparation (scroll)

The LWCBA team run this event perfectly. The venue, The Steel Yard, London EC4R is amazing, with its brick arch ways it creates a fantastic atmosphere for what was an electric night. There is a bar and hot food for all the spectators. The event had over 350 people attend. There was a auction before the last 3 fighters with boxing & sporting signed memorabilia from legends such a Ricky Hatton, Messi, & Mohammad Ali. Some of the fighters were taking it all in their stride, mental preparing for the fight ahead.

Our Ringmaster

Ladies & Gentleman, tonight fighting in the black / white corners…

So this it – after all the training, there is nowhere to hide, fighters, this is your time….(a selection of photos from all the fights below)… I was shooting the fight with my Canon 1DX Mark II with 24-70m, f2.8 – wow, what a camera. All shots were shot in RAW, which is something I wouldn’t usually do for sport action, but the camera was firing and processing the photos rapidly it never caused an issue. I took full advantage of being ringside, and at times was really close to the action. I wanted a wide angle lens to be able to capture the whole ring and crowd with the fighters but have the ability to zoom in and get closer to the punches landing. These fighters took some punishment, I was able to capture the whole lot without ever worrying about not getting the shot I wanted. The high ISOs, which on previous cameras (5d Mark III) would have also played in the back of my mind, granted the slight graining would have added to some of the shots, but I wanted as clean a shot as possible and then loo

The winners (scroll)

A fantastic night – Grant & Will from LWCBA have done it again. A massive thanks to them both.

Think you have got what it takes to be in the ring??

Go to LWCBA website for more details on the next event…..