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Thom Goertel

Thom Goertel became a photographer when his father handed him a camera in high school and said, “Take this; you may need it.” He took this month’s cover photo, of Crisanto “Santos” Lucio recovering after training, at the Old School Boxing Gym in Fort Washington, Maryland. Goertel lives in Annandale, Virginia.

— From September 2019
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Old School Boxing

In 2014, during the tense aftermath of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Harrison decided the young fighters at the gym needed to get to know police officers, and vice versa. So he began offering free memberships to police in D.C. and Prince George’s County. Now officers often train with ex-cons and troubled youths at Old School.

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Buddy Harrison, owner and trainer at Old School Boxing.

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After a recent pro debut, Nathaniel Davis works a bag.

September 2019

Waiting to spar, Miss Soldier watches other boxers in the ring.

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Sebastian Sanchez (right) spars with trainer Japreme Eloheem.

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Jordan King intensely studies a bout.

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Darnell Pittman shadowboxes in front of a mirror.

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Asaan Jenkins’s trainer secures his headgear for sparring.

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Crisanto “Santos” Lucio waits his turn to spar in front of a wall-sized mug shot of the gym’s owner, Buddy Harrison.

September 2019

Antonio Brothers recovers after sparring.

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