Fight Night at the Olympic: Classic Los Angeles Ringside Photography

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By Theo Ehret

Fighters cavorting with "publicity girls" behind the scenes at the Grand Olympic. 

Theo Ehret was the house photographer at the Olympic Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles from the mid 1960s until the early 1980s and his evocative work captured the enormous personalities of that era—Muhammad Ali and André the Giant, George Foreman and Roberto Durán, among others.

Captions provided by Willard Ford and Steve DeBro.

Sonny Liston, ex-heavyweight champion, Mob bag man, and one of the all time greats. 

Interior, Olympic Auditorium.

Frankie Duarte and Albert Davila, pimping their 1977 WBC Bantamweight title eliminator. Davila won by TKO in 5.

George Foreman at the Main Street Gym, training for the Rumble in the Jungle with Ali in 1974.

Carlos Palomino, boxing Hall of Famer and former Welterweight champion, training at the Main Street gym 1978.

Superstar Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan with Art "Golden Boy" Aragon. He was the original Golden Boy, a well known playboy, and converted to Judaism. What a man.

Al "Stankie" Stankiewicz with look-alike Great Dane. Ex cop and trainer of Oscar "Golden Boy" De La Hoya. 

Three time Nicaraguan champion celebrates victory with Don King and his hair.

Learn more about Theo Ehret's work on the Vault722 website.


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