Boxing is undeniably a brutal and bloody sport. Nicolai Howalt sends the message home when he photographed teenaged boxers before and after the fight. The contrast were startling, to say the least. Clean and confident on the left, bruised and bloody on the right. The differences in the same boxer are even more pronounced because of the way Nicolai set them against a plain white background and posed them in the same way. It’s jarring to see split lips and bloody noses in a twelve year old even if you know he acquired it voluntarily.
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