Born and raised in Chicago, Chris Cozzone made his mark in journalism by covering prisons, gangs and gritty street-related subjects, coast-to-coast. In 1997, he added the fight scene to his beat. Living in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, at the time, he started shooting the fights at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.
In 2000, having moved back to Albuquerque where he’d lived in the early ’90s, Cozzone began covering fights full-time. He started up NewMexicoBoxing.com to cover the local scene, all the while covering fights for Fightnews.com in Las Vegas, Nev., Los Angeles, throughout Texas and Mexico. His work appears regularly all over the world and has appeared in publications that include Newsweek, Penthouse, Playboy, Utne Reader, Ring Magazine and Der Speigel. Cozzone also had a weekly boxing column for five years with the Albuquerque Tribune before the newspaper folded in 2008, and has an extensive book on the history of New Mexico boxing slated for November release by McFarland Press.
In between writing and shooting gigs over the years, Chris has also been a full-time teacher. He taught writing at Riker’s Island in the ‘90s, did a six-year stretch at the Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe teaching English and, just recently, accepted a teaching job at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque with the Gordon Bernell Charter School.