Jürgen Doberstein Approaching the Boxing Ring

Photoessay: Boxing in Kaiserslautern

Those who follow me on Instagram and Facebook saw me share a few photos from the boxing event in Kaiserslautern that I shot on November 18th. Even as a long-time fan of the sport, I went in with zero expectations. I surely had no clue I’d be hooked after the first few frames.

When a friend of mine invited me to the event, I’d been shooting film exclusively for a few months between a Canon AE-1 Program and Zeiss Ikon Contessa LKE rangefinder–even selling my Nikon D750 kit with heart and mind set on buying a Leica M10 whenever I decided to shoot digital again. Everything in my life became about slowing down and relying heavily on my intuition. This lead to a realization I shared in a recent Instagram post about leaving self-doubt behind and being totally open about my photography, writing or any other creative work I’m involved in.

Regardless of how modest I wanted to be, my friend kept encouraging me to shoot and share more. He got me a press pass and stuck a Canon 6D in my hands. I quickly got familiar with it (Nikon’s setup makes more sense IMO though) and went to work capturing the energy in the building.

I didn’t go in expecting to catch anything like Neil Leifer’s iconic shot of Muhammad Ali towering above Sonny Liston, but I think I came away with few decent frames for a beginner at this.

Next Stop: Frankfurt

Date: TBD

This series was shot with the Canon 6D using the 50mm f1.8 STM & 28mm f2.8 IS USM lenses.

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Former Pro Boxer & Referee Uwe Lorch
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Naghi Shakeri prepares a body blow against Victor Ionascu in their debut fight.
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The former pro instructs the newcomer.
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Victor Ionascu listens to his trainer.
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Ksenija Medic’s trainer looks on.
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Prisca Vicot ready for battle.
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Prisca Vicot & Ksenija Medic exchange shots.
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Former pro boxer Matthias Wirth.
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Former pro boxer and referee Egidio Piseddu prepares Jovial Jovanovic for the match.
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Motivation.
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Joan Manuel Lique Canaveral lands a right hook.
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Kaiserslautern local Michael Seitz dominates against Juri Zizer.
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Jürgen Doberstein connects with Vasilij Sarbayev.
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The handoff.

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