Category: photography

09 Jul

Where have I been?

No one really retires, when it comes to boxing. 

No one really retires, when it comes to photography. 

One of those statements tell my story. 

It’s been three years since I shot my last boxing match. There was nothing special about it. Maybe that’s why, later that night,after 17 years — 14 of those spent as a ringside (& Octagonside) fixture for most major fights — the time had come. 

There were many factors. Things had gotten stale. Shooting for what amounted to less pay every year, watching what (still) appears to be a declining sport, feeling like you’ve gotten every type of shot at least once, if not a hundred times, and feeling unchallenged, all led to my decision. 

There were other major factors, as well. 

As far as boxing goes, I told myself that when the time came when clinging to a ringside position meant shooting for pennies, it would be time to go. As far local boxing goes, I always said that when Johnny Tapia was done (he passed away in 2012) and when Holly Holm moved on (to bigger, better things), I, too, would go. 

So I did. 

I got married the same year I divorced myself from boxing. I also made a new commitment to what had been, through the 90s, 00s and early 10s, a secondary profession for me—teaching. 

This, then, is what I’ve been up to since ’14. Well, that, and more writing, though in fields that have nothing to do with chronicling who’s getting clobbered, what coddled champ picked up what new pretty belt, what pug was too old now, what youngster was on the rise, etc. 

What went on the back burner was the shooting, at least full-time shooting. 

Flash forward 2017. 

Several missions accomplished, feeling like I’m where I want to be – a teacher, now an administrator, for an awesome high school embedded in jail, I’ve come back to the camera. 

Life’s a spiral. You always come back to the things you’re driven to do. For me, that’s always been wrestling, wrangling and juggling my images, my words and teaching. 

Armed with new gear, a fresh perspective that has me feeling like I did when I finished journalism school, I’m hitting the streets and keeping my calendar open for clients. You might not see the once-familiar bald head on the apron at a major fight (though you never know), but you will see me walking the streets again, or shooting the occasional wedding. You’ll definitely see me photographing students when they graduate.

It’s good to be back. 

26 Mar

cozzone picks up bwaa writing & photo honors

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The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) has announced the winners of its annual Bernies (formerly “Barneys”) contest, which each year recognizes the best writing about boxing by BWAA members. The strong field of prize-winning works appeared during 2012 in a wide range of print and online outlets and shows that boxing journalism is as vital as ever.

Tying for second in the column category was Chris Cozzone’s “Requiem for a Hometown Champion,” published in Fightnews.com and NewMexicoBoxing.com on June 1, 2012. The column praises the life and career of Johnny Tapia, who passed away last year on May 27.

Cozzone also received an honorable mention for his photography in the feature category. It is the second year that Cozzone has placed in, both, writing and photography. He remains the only journalist to do so since the BWAA started their awards in 1972.

18 May

cozzone shots get 2nd, 3rd in this year’s ‘barneys’

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The BWAA (Boxing Writers Association of America) named two Cozzone shots second and third place winners in the 2011 “Barneys.” Capturing second in action was a shot of Mike Lee sending Gilbert Gastelum’s mouthpiece flying. A victory shot of Jorge Arce, with vanquished champ Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. in the foreground, copped third in the feature category.

Congrats to other winners Naoki Fukuda, Will Hart, Tom Casino, Tom Hogan, Marty Rosengarten, Miguel Salazar and Al Bello!

17 Mar

cozzone shot featured in espn mag

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ESPN MagazineESPN Magazine recently featured one of my shots as a rare (for boxing) two-page spread. The shot, taken last month at The Palms in Las Vegas, features former Notre Dame football star-turn-boxer Mike Lee, taking his opponent out with a shot that sent his foe’s mouthpiece flying across the ring.

Mouthpiece shots are pretty rare. I’ve been shooting boxing since 1997 (consistently since ’00) and I’ve gotten a dozen decent mouthpiece shots but this one is the best of ’em.

The current ESPN mag is on the newsstands now.

01 Jun

photo wins 2nd place bwaa

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Though a member since 2001 of the Boxing Writers Association of America, I decided to enter the annual photo contest this year. My shot of Oscar De La Hoya, cornered by trainer Nacho Beristain and cutman Joe Chavez during his fight with Manny Pacquiao in December 2008, came in second in the feature category. The shots below, however, were my personal favorites from 2008.