Award-Winning Photographer Howard Schatz Releases Stunning Art For
Super Six World Boxing Classic Participants
NEW YORK (October 1, 2009)—Internationally renowned photographer Howard Schatz of Schatz Ornstein Studio in New York has brought his unique vision to the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Schatz, who is working on a comprehensive photography book on boxing, was chosen by SHOWTIME Sports® to capture the key art photography of the six super middleweight tournament participants. After his extensive studio photography sessions last month, Schatz has released his compelling gallery.
Complete Photo Gallery By Howard Schatz: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shosports/sets/72157622357120527/show/
“This collection highlights the power and athleticism of these finely tuned athletes in an artistic fashion that only Schatz himself could create,” said SHOWTIME Sports General Manager Ken Hershman, who conceptualized and brought the ground-breaking tournament to fruition. “We are pulling out all the stops in promotion of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Having Schatz contribute is a testament to the level with which we will present the tournament to our boxing audience. We have many more amazing elements to roll out in the weeks to come.”
The powerful portraits reflect the strength and the beauty of each fighter’s impressive physique and individual style.
“I let them know that the making of a great photograph is hard,” said Schatz. “It’s like winning a championship. Every athlete understands that immediately.
“I realized that boxers are different from any other athlete. The level of courage it takes to be a boxer and to become a great boxer is awesome. I wanted to make masculine images, so I lit for power and strength. I feel that the boxers and I collaborated to make really rich and powerful pictures.”
Click Behind-the-Camera for the Schatz Photography Feature Video
Schatz’s soon-to-be-released boxing book captures the world of contemporary boxing. The great champions, current and retired, are being photographed for the book. If you know a current or retired champion who has not yet been photographed, please contact the studio of Howard Schatz.
The Super Six World Boxing Classic begins on Saturday, Oct. 17 with a doubleheader on SHOWTIME.
In a battle of unbeatens, Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, will face Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., in a 12-round WBC World Championship bout from the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, (SHOWTIME, 8 p.m. ET/PT).
The second half of a doubleheader will pit former IBF middleweight champion “King’’ Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs), of Germany, against former undisputed 160-pound titleholder Jermain “Bad Intentions’’ Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., at 02 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.
For information on all SHOWTIME Sports telecasts, including exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photo galleries from its events and complete information on the Super Six World Boxing Classic, please visit the website at http://www.sports.sho.com
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About SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC
The inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic is a ground-breaking, six-fighter tournament from SHOWTIME Sports® featuring the class of the super middleweight (168-pound) division. The field is comprised world of renowned fighters with a staggering combined record of 161-4-1 with 117 knockouts: former IBF middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham of Germany; U.S. Olympic medalist Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell of Flint, Mich.; WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch of England; WBA 168-pound champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler of Denmark; former undisputed 160-pound world champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor of Little Rock, Ark.; and U.S. Olympic gold medalist Andre “S.O.G.” Ward of Oakland, Calif.
All bouts in the Super Six World Boxing Classic will be contested under the Unified Rules of Boxing. Each boxer fights three bouts against different opponents in the field in the points-based Group Stage of competition (Win – 2 pts with a 1-pt bonus for KO/TKO; Loss – 0 pts; Draw – 1 pt.). After the Group Stage, the four fighters with the highest point totals will advance to the single-elimination Semi-Finals. The winners of the Semi-Final bouts will advance to the Finals and fight for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic trophy.
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