One cold November morning on Parliament Hill with pro boxers Charlie and Harvey

One cold November morning on Parliament Hill with pro boxers Charlie and Harvey

On our most recent shoot we wanted to capture the essence of the fighter, the commitment, sacrifice and often solitary pursuit of excellence required to succeed in boxing – striving on a daily basis to steal an edge on your opponent through single-minded dogged determination.

John Conteh 1977

We turned to the time honoured tradition of roadwork to highlight this very ‘personal journey to triumph’ drawing inspiration from vintage, yet timeless images of Welsh heavyweight David ‘Bomber’ Pearce and former light-heavyweight world champion John Conteh in the 1970’s; his morning runs on Hampstead Heath set against the stunning vistas of London on Parliament Hill – images that explore the solitude of the fighter behind the lines and the quiet work ethic that becomes a deafening roar come fight-night.

David 'Bomber' Pearce

To rework the idea, we collaborated with two talented British boxers, light-heavyweight Charlie Duffield and super-flyweight Harvey Horn both currently climbing the professional ranks in pursuit of glory – charming lads with fire in their stomachs – classic old-school fighters and a pleasure to work with on the day.

A special thanks to Jordan Foster at Portobello PR for bringing this collaboration together and photographer Heathcliff O’Malley for the brilliant and emotive images.

Charlie Duffield

East Londoner Charlie Duffield is a former two-time ABA finalist and successful professional boxer currently training out of the world famous Peacock Gym in Canning Town. He has suffered just one loss on his record to date, in 2016 against Vladimir Idranyi and out of his seven wins, six have come within the distance.

Following the loss of his brother, Charlie is now a mental health advocate and has used his profile to raise awareness in boxing of the stigma surrounding a clear issue within the sport.

He has been featured in Men's Health, Metro and psychology podcast Off The Canvas in recent times.

The 31-year-old, who is trained by esteemed London trainer Mark Tibbs, is due to fight on the Dillian Whyte vs Derek Chisora grudge match at The O2. It will be the second time he has fought on stable-mate's Whyte's undercard following a stoppage win over Reinis Porozovs in July.

Frank Warren's Harvey Horn is currently one of the most exciting prospects in world boxing following his incredible amateur career. The 23-year-old can boast winning the ABAs in 2014, claiming the European Silver Medal in 2015 which would lead to him representing Team GB in the inaugural European Games. He also represented and recorded three wins for the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing, the most prestigious international tournament for amateur boxers in the world.

Harvey Horn

From a boxing family and a devout West Ham fan, it could be argued that Harvey was always going to be a boxer. Another one under the tutelage of Mark Tibbs, he currently has an immaculate professional record with three fights, three wins with one coming coming by way of knockout.

His next fight, which will be shown live on BT Sport, 15/12/2018 is set to be a big step up for the talented prospect who is expected to challenge for the famous Lonsdale belt next year before fighting for world honours the year after.

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