A Fighters Faith by Matt Bottos

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For me, boxing is a reflection on how we handle ourselves in everyday life. A fighter can only advance by scoring points if he has faith in himself. At any point when a boxer attacks he leaves himself open to a counter-attack. He can stand with a rock solid defense and be safe or he can attack and risk an opening for a counter attack.
As in the ring, we must have faith, take a risk, trust our training/instinct and believe in ourselves.


faith, confidence, boxing, courage, fighting


  • Jeff Stroud
    Jeff Stroudover 5 years ago

    Powerful, intense… did you lighten this up? is this the same shot as before… Great shot and set up!

  • Thanks Jeff, This is a different shot to the other. I removed the other one as it was too similar to this one. I think this has more of a “street” vibe to it (jeans instead of the boxing shorts)

    – Matt Bottos

  • chrisdade
    chrisdadeover 5 years ago

    I love the sharp focus on the hands giving them so mucj detail.

  • Thanks Chris :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • Jane Keats
    Jane Keatsover 5 years ago

    The hands are brilliant!! Texture is perfect, and lurvely torso, lol! I love your analogy.

  • Thanks Jane!

    – Matt Bottos

  • deannedaffy
    deannedaffyover 5 years ago

    Beautifully taken ! The hands have awesome focus….beautiful work.

  • Thanks Deanne for the comment & fav :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • Sam Fonte
    Sam Fonteover 5 years ago

    hey Matt, i like this shot.. the stomach and the hands both look clenched! and i like yr words to go with the pic… very insightful… and honest, raw…

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 5 years ago

    Just wonderful!!

  • Thanks again Laurie

    – Matt Bottos

  • EmpoweredBeauty
    EmpoweredBeautyover 5 years ago

    Fantastic image and wonderfully creative words. The only thing I would question is the ko. I think so many of us in life have been conditioned to think about results and winning. To me winning in boxing or anything else is just being the best you can be and also enjoying the relationship.

  • Thanks Tony! In regards to the KO, I guess it depends on how you see the analogy. It could be something as simple as being successful which doesn’t necessarily mean ‘winning’. I’ve seen guys get knocked about for a few rounds but still stand their ground. It’s always good to see these guys get a pat on the back afterwards. In a positive environment they still come out feeling like champs!

    – Matt Bottos

  • madworld
    madworldover 5 years ago

    Wicked shot….

  • Thanks again!!

    – Matt Bottos

  • Vivi Kalomiri
    Vivi Kalomiriover 5 years ago

    Lovely work!I like the light, the composition, everything!

  • Thanks fotonio!

    – Matt Bottos

  • midzing
    midzingover 5 years ago

    powerful image, well done

  • thanks midzing

    – Matt Bottos

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