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Knock-Out Vintage Boxing Photos

When they're after action, tension, and a bit of bloodshed, photographers have always known where to go--the boxing ring. Take a look at some knock-out vintage photos in and out of the ringside.

The sporting world has long been one of man’s favorite sources of action-packed photographs. In this genre, photos should not only show tension and activity, but also tell interesting stories in and out of the playing field. Boxing is perhaps among the favorites of sports photographers of all ages, levels, and eras—when there’s force, tactics, and blood involved, there must definitely be an interesting moment or two waiting to be photographed.

While the popular combat sport traces its roots in the ancient times, modern boxing—with rules to protect fighters—emerged around the 1740’s. Amendments to the rules eventually followed in the 1800’s. Soon, there were boxing tournaments here and there, and photographers that time, never wanting to miss all the action, began taking interest in documenting the bloody bouts.

Ladies and gents, it’s now time for us to take a look at some vintage photos in and out of the boxing ring. Are you ready to rumble?

A little crowding in the ring was perhaps usual back in the early days of boxing. (Photo via Ipernity)
After coming out of retirement, Jim Jeffries battles the black heavyweight champ Jack Johnson in 1910. (Photo via The Selvedge Yard)
You’re out! A boxer looks down as he slips between the ropes and falls outside the ring. (Photo via Pixdaus)
World heavyweight champion Gene Tunney in training for an upcoming fight. (Photo via The Selvedge Yard)
Gene Tunney knocks down his opponent, Jack Dempsey. (Photo via The Selvedge Yard
Boxing icon Muhammad Ali rams a punch on his opponent. (Photo via Components of Enthusiasm)
A stunning photo of Muhammad Ali in a boxing stance underwater while training in Miami, photographed by Flip Schulke, and featured in the book Muhammad Ali: The Birth of a Legend, Miami, 1961-1964. (Photo via The 305)

Boxing may be predominantly a man’s world, but who says ladies can’t have their own boxing fun?

Girl fight! Ladies in beachwear and perfectly coiffed hair seem to be enjoying their little boxing frolic. (Photo via Wellness, Fitness, and Diet)
Ladies acting out a jab and a dodge. (Photo via Up Like Toast on Blogspot)
Ladies posing for a mock-boxing snapshot. (Photo via Getty Images)

written by plasticpopsicle

4 comments

  1. renenob

    renenob

    The underwater Ali photo is very inspiring!

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  2. plasticpopsicle

    plasticpopsicle

    @renenob I love the underwater Ali photo as well! Had me staring at it for a while when I first saw it!

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  3. stouf

    stouf

    Staring too now... : )

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  4. plasticpopsicle

    plasticpopsicle

    @stouf How about Clara Bow's adorable boxing photos? :D

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