The sport of boxing has a lot people involved in it who aren't in the ring and aren't trainers. People who range from nutritionists to the media. Few are as well respected and highly regarded as Japanese photographer Naoki Fukuda, who regularly has his photo's used as cover work on some of the biggest magazines in the sport.
Today it was revealed that Fukuda would feature on the cover of Mexican boxing magazine BoxWorld. And by Fukudua featuring on the magazine cover, we do actually mean Mr Fukuda and not one of his excellent photos.
The magazine has featured Fukuda on the cover with the wonderful description of "El Van Gogh del Boxeo", and have done a feature inside on the king of boxing photography, who was clearly honoured to be featured on both the over and in an in depth article.
The BoxWorld website has also included a Japanese TV feature on Mr Fukuda, called Naoki's Eye.
The website for the magazine can be found here.
We as boxing fans don't tend to recognise the names of photographers involved in our sport. We are, after all, more interested in the fighters and the fighters than who is capturing the images and keeping those shots that we see online and in magazines.
One name however does stand out, that of Naoki Fukuda, being's great modern day photographer who has been featured in an itinerary publications.
Tomorrow begins a special exhibition of Fukuda's work in the AL gallery in Tokyo where photos from across his 15 year career will be shown, and talks will be given by Fukuda and former world champion Satoshi Iida, who will both be speaking on July 26th.
For fans in Tokyo the event runs from July 23rd to July 31st with the official unveiling coming tonight.
Admittance is free for all and the exhibition will be open from 12:00-19:00 over the next week with the talk event scheduled to take place on Tuesday between 19:00 and 20:00 local time.
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