This Artist Creates Impressive Paintings By Using His Boxing Gloves

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When he creates art work, Omar Hassan doesn’t get out paint brushes. He gets out his boxing gloves. Hassan, a 29-year-old artist and boxer, has combined his two passions, with the goal to bring the disciplines closer. Hassan, born in Milan to an Italian mother and Egyptian father, creates the works by dipping his glove in paint, and punching the canvas stretched over cardboard to keep it from breaking. He calls the series “Breaking Through Milano.” His paintings sell from 8,000 to 40,000 euros, which he calls “a great satisfaction, but not the goal”. Continue reading »

The Last Portrait Of Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Showing The Destructive Effects Of Parkinson’s Disease

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Harrowing effects of more than three decades fighting Parkinson’s seen in extraordinary images. British photographer Zenon Texeira captured moving portraits of former world champion at his home in March Ali passed away on Saturday aged 74 after 32-year battle with neurodegenerative disease brought on by his boxing Muhammad Ali raises his fists for the final time in haunting photographs from The Greatest’s last ever shoot. Continue reading »

A First “Only for Women” Boxing Club in China

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A woman attends a boxing class at Princess Women’s Boxing Club in Shanghai December 3, 2014. Women have boxed as long as the sport has existed but for years they were relegated out of national and international competitions in many countries around the world. Female boxers entered the ring in an exhibition match at the 1904 Olympic Games, but it was more than a century later when they were given the green light to make their Olympic debut in London in 2012. In China, although there is a long history of lightweight Chinese fighters, the sport is not very popular among women. However in 2010, Gong Jin, a woman who has trained since she was 12 years old, founded Princess Women’s Boxing Club, the first “only for women” boxing club in China. Today more than 100 students between the ages of 18 and 40 train at the small studio in downtown Shanghai. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)
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