Award-winning HBO Boxing photographer Will Hart shares and discusses his most memorable images from 2015
Felix Verdejo vs. Ivan Najera
All your plans go awry when the best picture you take is of the guy that won convincingly getting the shit kicked out of him. I love how busy the shot is. The tats, the iconic lights of the Madison Square Garden theater. It all works together.
Sergey Kovalev vs. Nadjib Mohammedi
There's nothing worse than a guy falling down in front of you and the other guy being way across the ring. Now it becomes a question of focus. Depth of field. Sharpness. You're making the call instantaneously. For this one, I'm adjusting the F stop while bringing down the shutter speed.
This fight was incredible. It's guts and glory. You gotta show the guts to get the glory. It would've been a nothing shot if he didn't have "World Champion" on there. There's something about being beautifully ugly. It's so disgusting I love it.
Terence Crawford vs. Thomas Dulorme
Crawford is one of my favorite new fighters. He's a certified killer. He's so composed. It's like he knows, "I will have you, it's just a question of time." That's scary shit. This is a beautiful jab that rearranges Dulorme's profile.
Teddy Atlas and Tim Bradley
This is not actually from the "We are firemen" speech. It's about two rounds before. But Bradley was a different Bradley that fight. He actually listened to his corner. I try to capture something from the corner every fight, but this one I specifically wanted to get.
Tim Bradley vs. Brandon Rios
I like pictures clean. This one holds its own. It's superfluous for me to talk about some pictures. They really speak for themselves and they wouldn’t be there if they didn't.
Jean Pascal Through the Ropes
This was pure reaction. He comes flying out and then he's back in. When they're on top of you, you don't know what's gonna happen. I've never been hit myself, but I've seen people next to me get kicked in the head.
Gennady Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe Jr.
This is the knockout punch. This is the one that put Willie Monroe down on his knees right in front of me. It's one of my best fight action photos of the year.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao
I got jab after jab after jab of Mayweather crushing Pacquiao with his left hand. I was tired of seeing his face, but this image does show his brilliance. He's like Baryshnikov. It gives you an idea of his balance.
Roman Gonzalez vs. Brian Viloria
I love shooting with a long lens. It puts you in there. It's more graphic. This is shot with the 70-200. It's either great or it's a big miss.
Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland
I love this picture because it's the two fighters just glaring at each other. This is mano a mano. There's also nice motion and positioning. Notice Kirkland's arm is around the rope, and he's looking up to Canelo as if realizing, "You did this."