From the underworld to the church and back, Fighting For Something – The Lives of Unlicensed Boxers – is a collection of photographs in the ring and behind the scenes with unflinchingly honest interviews with the men and women who risk their lives for a few hundred pounds a fight.
Fighting For Something gives boxing’s unheard fighters a voice to tell the world what makes them fight – with legends such as Roy Shaw, Earnie Shavers and Alan Mortlock sharing their memories
Shortlisted for last year's Travel Photographer of the Year, I take pics of and write about everyone from villains to boxers, soldiers to whores, bullfighters, musicians and travelling gypsies. I hate celebrities and large dogs. I have travelled across South America, Asia and Europe; from London to Hong Kong by boat, bus and train, I have been shot at in Georgia, molested in a Turkish bath and bitten by an insect in Australia. I went to university in Italy, Leicester and Hungary and unsuccessfully tried to escape from a police station when working as a teacher in Greece. I also won second prize (20p) in a village photography competition in Suffolk but the voting was allegedly rigged. I am happiest when I am anywhere but London (a weekly complaint can be read here:http://www.london-ers.com/author/ricksenley), where I grew up and grew bored and where I am finishing two novels and producing my own music. I can swear in Norwegian and own a zither.