Jacobs vs Chavez Jr. - Photos by Melina Pizano/Matchroom Boxing - 12/20/19
What a night, definitely unlike any other. Everything was normal up until the main event. I shot from up top in the arena to shoot some wide photos because the arena was packed. I stayed for a few rounds then went down to our photo editor (who was ringside) and passed him my cards. I made it ringside for round 5, but someone from DAZN was standing in my spot. I thought maybe the labels were off a spot. Since we're essentially on the same team and the round hard started, I shot over the person's shoulder. After the round we got situated so I could shot from my spot, but as that was happening Chavez Jr. said he couldn't go on due to a broken nose. From there chaos ensued. Fans were so upset the fight was over that they began to throw soda bottles, beer, and even shoes. Chavez Jr. left the ring without an interview and fans continued to pelt him with whatever they could. Jacobs stayed in the ring to give his interview. Security used ring cards to block him and DAZN's Chris Mannix from getting hit. Kindly security protected me too as I stayed behind to capture photos of Jacobs. Later that night I would hear Michael Buffer say he has seen much worse. Granted I've only been in the boxing game a few years, I haven't encountered anything like that night before. Definitely a wild ending.
Side note: Daniel Jacobs had his robe made in memory of Patrick Day. Jacobs didn’t realize until earlier that week when he came in to take his tv portraits that I had taken the photo of Day in October before his bout. Jacobs thanked me for making that photo fo Patrick. It's hard to describe how it felt for Jacobs to thank me. I will say that over the past year I’ve come to realize just how much these photos (or any photo for that matter) can really mean to someone. Continuously grateful for the opportunity to do what I love.
Photos taken on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
Reshat Mati pauses and looks out to the arena and crowd before his ring walk.
(One of my favorite photos from this event.)
Liam Smith with his trainer, Joe Gallagher.
WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford watches Maurice Hooker shadowbox.
Julio Cesar Martinez with his trainer, Eddie Reynoso.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. arrives
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. with his trainer, Freddie Roach.
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. talks to his son as Jr. warms up before his bout.
Daniel Jacobs arrives.
Jacobs versus Chavez Jr.
After Chavez Jr. said he couldn't go on he exited the ring, which lead to fans throwing everything from bottles of soda to beer to shoes. Fans continued to throw things even as Jacobs gave his interview and continued as he left the ring. Security covered him using ring cards.
Gabriel Rosado versus Humberto Gutierrez Ochoa
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