Rodriguez vs Gonzalez Fight Week - Photos by Melina Pizano/Matchroom - 04/08/23
This is the third time I've shot ringside the whole night. I love covering action, but I'll be honest and say I'd rather be covering behind-the-scenes. Covering BTS gives me the opportunity to try to tell at least one story of an athlete on fight night. I'm a photojournalist at heart. So for this post I couldn't help but interweave the photos I captured of the undercard that night into a short essay, if you will. From walking to the ring, some action, boxer's corner, a taunt, a war, a knockdown, a defeat, a victory and finally to a celebration.
Jesse Rodriguez ahead of his bout versus Cristian Gonzalez in San Antonio, Texas.
Jesse Rodriguez and Cristian Gonzalez pose at the Alamo on Monday, April 3, 2023. Jesse Rodriguez and Cristian Gonzalez face-off after their final press conference
on Thursday, April 6, 2023. Raymond Ford and Jessie Magdaleno face-off after their final press conference
on Thursday, April 6, 2023. Jesus "Panterita" Martinez walks to the ring for his bout versus Jose Lopez
at the Boeing Center at Tech Port in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, April 8, 2023.
Raymond Ford versus Jessie Magdaleno
Thomas Mattice versus Ramiro Cesena
Murodjon Akhmadaliev versus Marlon Tapales
Khalil Coe versus James Quiter
Marc Castro versus Ricardo Lopez
Israil Madrimov after his win over Raphael Igbokwe.
Jesse Rodriguez versus Cristian Gonzalez
To get the promoter, Matchroom, and streamer, DAZN,
with something (anything really) in between the ropes was intentional.
With some luck and a little talent I was able to capture this action between them.
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