"Upon finishing my book, my dream was for Muhammad Ali to write a few lines. Ali asked me to send him my photography. Three days later I received an overnight express envelope. It contained the pictures I’d sent him. Each one was signed differently, with each signature somehow complementing the style of the photograph. I was moved to have received this very special gift." Martine Barrat    Read the texts by Martin Scorsese, Gordon Parks and Martine Barrat.

"Upon finishing my book, my dream was for Muhammad Ali to write a few lines. Ali asked me to send him my photography. Three days later I received an overnight express envelope. It contained the pictures I’d sent him. Each one was signed differently, with each signature somehow complementing the style of the photograph. I was moved to have received this very special gift." Martine Barrat

Read the texts by Martin Scorsese, Gordon Parks and Martine Barrat.

1980: Trainer Jaime Morales and Otis Brown, a.k.a. "Kid Chocolate."
1980: Trainer Jaime Morales and Otis Brown, a.k.a. "Kid Chocolate."

Morales gave him that nickname because the boy had a left hook that reminded him of the original Kid Chocolate. Jaime Morales came to New York from Puerto Rico in 1953.

 

"I always teach the best I can. Kid Chocolate was one of the best. I call Otis Brown 'Kid Chocolate.' When you give a nickname like that, the kid feels better. He feels like he is somebody.

 

"I know I was born to take care of children. I love children. I save my money so I can buy them gloves, and food for them after the fight."

Uptown Gym, Harlem, 1981
Uptown Gym, Harlem, 1981

His father asked me to do a portrait of him, "to put next to his trophies in our living room." I wish I could remember his name.

Jerome Boxing Club, 1980
Jerome Boxing Club, 1980

A doctor checking a boxer's vision before the fight.

Bed-Stuy Gym, 1981
Bed-Stuy Gym, 1981

Mark Breland won the National twice. He was the first fighter to win the Championship Belt and the Golden Gloves five times. He won a gold medal as a lightweight in the 1984 Olympics.

"When he was smaller he would tell me 'I can't,' and I say, 'You ain't no worse if you can't.' So I figure that was why he so good. Because he will try.

"When Mark first started, didn't nobody want to bother with him because he was so skinny. Little skinny thing with braids in his hair. So I said, 'I'll take care of him.' One Saturday, I went up to his father and said, 'See this little skinny kid here? I'ma make a champ out of him.' And his father said, 'Yeah? You think you can?' And sure 'nough, he went on and made the Olympics.

"A lot of them when they get up there on the top, they leave me. Except Mark. Mark the only kid that stick with me. He told his manager that as long as he fighting, I'll be there. He seem like he love me. I love him too."

- George Washington, Mark Breland's trainer

Apollo Gym, South Bronx, 1981
Apollo Gym, South Bronx, 1981
Artemio Colon Gym, 1980
Artemio Colon Gym, 1980
Artemio Colon Gym, 1981
Artemio Colon Gym, 1981
Jerome Boxing Club, 1980
Jerome Boxing Club, 1980
Lunar Gym, 1980
Lunar Gym, 1980
Artemio Colon Gym, 1980
Artemio Colon Gym, 1980
1981
1981
Spartan Gym, Brooklyn, 1981
Spartan Gym, Brooklyn, 1981
Gleason Gym, 1981
Gleason Gym, 1981
Lunar Gym, 1981
Lunar Gym, 1981
Universal boxing club, 1980
Universal boxing club, 1980
Gleason Gym, 1980
Gleason Gym, 1980
Bed-Stuy Gym, 1992
Bed-Stuy Gym, 1992
Apollo Gym, 1981
Apollo Gym, 1981
Spartan Gym, 1983
Spartan Gym, 1983
Apollo Boxing Club, South Bronx, 1980
Apollo Boxing Club, South Bronx, 1980
Gleason Gym, 1981
Gleason Gym, 1981
 "Upon finishing my book, my dream was for Muhammad Ali to write a few lines. Ali asked me to send him my photography. Three days later I received an overnight express envelope. It contained the pictures I’d sent him. Each one was signed differently, with each signature somehow complementing the style of the photograph. I was moved to have received this very special gift." Martine Barrat    Read the texts by Martin Scorsese, Gordon Parks and Martine Barrat.
1980: Trainer Jaime Morales and Otis Brown, a.k.a. "Kid Chocolate."
Uptown Gym, Harlem, 1981
Jerome Boxing Club, 1980
Bed-Stuy Gym, 1981
Apollo Gym, South Bronx, 1981
Artemio Colon Gym, 1980
Artemio Colon Gym, 1981
Jerome Boxing Club, 1980
Lunar Gym, 1980
Artemio Colon Gym, 1980
1981
Spartan Gym, Brooklyn, 1981
Gleason Gym, 1981
Lunar Gym, 1981
Universal boxing club, 1980
Gleason Gym, 1980
Bed-Stuy Gym, 1992
Apollo Gym, 1981
Spartan Gym, 1983
Apollo Boxing Club, South Bronx, 1980
Gleason Gym, 1981

"Upon finishing my book, my dream was for Muhammad Ali to write a few lines. Ali asked me to send him my photography. Three days later I received an overnight express envelope. It contained the pictures I’d sent him. Each one was signed differently, with each signature somehow complementing the style of the photograph. I was moved to have received this very special gift." Martine Barrat

Read the texts by Martin Scorsese, Gordon Parks and Martine Barrat.

1980: Trainer Jaime Morales and Otis Brown, a.k.a. "Kid Chocolate."

Morales gave him that nickname because the boy had a left hook that reminded him of the original Kid Chocolate. Jaime Morales came to New York from Puerto Rico in 1953.

 

"I always teach the best I can. Kid Chocolate was one of the best. I call Otis Brown 'Kid Chocolate.' When you give a nickname like that, the kid feels better. He feels like he is somebody.

 

"I know I was born to take care of children. I love children. I save my money so I can buy them gloves, and food for them after the fight."

Uptown Gym, Harlem, 1981

His father asked me to do a portrait of him, "to put next to his trophies in our living room." I wish I could remember his name.

Jerome Boxing Club, 1980

A doctor checking a boxer's vision before the fight.

Bed-Stuy Gym, 1981

Mark Breland won the National twice. He was the first fighter to win the Championship Belt and the Golden Gloves five times. He won a gold medal as a lightweight in the 1984 Olympics.

"When he was smaller he would tell me 'I can't,' and I say, 'You ain't no worse if you can't.' So I figure that was why he so good. Because he will try.

"When Mark first started, didn't nobody want to bother with him because he was so skinny. Little skinny thing with braids in his hair. So I said, 'I'll take care of him.' One Saturday, I went up to his father and said, 'See this little skinny kid here? I'ma make a champ out of him.' And his father said, 'Yeah? You think you can?' And sure 'nough, he went on and made the Olympics.

"A lot of them when they get up there on the top, they leave me. Except Mark. Mark the only kid that stick with me. He told his manager that as long as he fighting, I'll be there. He seem like he love me. I love him too."

- George Washington, Mark Breland's trainer

Apollo Gym, South Bronx, 1981
Artemio Colon Gym, 1980
Artemio Colon Gym, 1981
Jerome Boxing Club, 1980
Lunar Gym, 1980
Artemio Colon Gym, 1980
1981
Spartan Gym, Brooklyn, 1981
Gleason Gym, 1981
Lunar Gym, 1981
Universal boxing club, 1980
Gleason Gym, 1980
Bed-Stuy Gym, 1992
Apollo Gym, 1981
Spartan Gym, 1983
Apollo Boxing Club, South Bronx, 1980
Gleason Gym, 1981
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