Chris Hobbs as a young boy
Over the past couple of months, this blog has been featuring a series of exclusive 'extras' relating to content from Boxiana: Volume 1, which will hopefully whet your appetite and persuade you to buy the full volume, which will be available as a paperback book (RRP £9.99) or ebook (RRP £3.99) from 28 November.
Today's offering is a photographic biography of the boxer Chris Hobbs. A rising light-heavyweight from Southampton, who is undefeated in 6 pro fights, the 27-year-old Chris has had a fascinating life, including a spell in the army. In Boxiana: Volume 1, Chris has written a fascinating chapter about his life and career - the photos on this page which Crhis has kindly shared with Boxiana are the perfect online visual accompaniment to his article.
Chris Hobbs aged 14
Chris during his Southampton ABC days
Chris in the ring
Chris serving in Afghanistan
Chris in amateur action
Chris adopts a fighting pose
Chris in his army uniform
Chris in action
Ouch! Chris has overcome a serious hand injury
PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRIS HOBBS
CHRIS HOBBS is an undefeated professional light- heavyweight boxer from Southampton. You can follow Chris on Twitter: @chrishobbsboxer
Further exclusive previews of Volume 1 content, as well as further information about Boxiana's contributors will feature on the Boxiana blog in the coming weeks.
An anthology of new boxing writing Boxiana: Volume 1 will be published on 28 November 2014 through Matador Publishing, in both paperback book and eBook formats. Boxiana editor Luke G. Williams said: “In a world dominated by 140 character limits and the 24-hour news cycle, brevity and superficiality have become de rigueur. Boxiana takes a different approach; by using long-form journalism to take an in-depth look at boxing’s past, present and future, we are hoping that Boxiana will become a vital new voice in sports writing.”
In Volume 1:
Trevor Von Eeden, author of graphic novel The Original Johnson, analyses the significance of Jack Johnson; Mario Mungia tries his hand at amateur boxing; Ben Williams uncovers his grandfather’s bare-knuckle career; James Hernandez catches up with Jon Thaxton; Matthew Ogborn ponders boxers and retirement; rising light heavyweight Chris Hobbs recounts his life in the military and the ring; Rowland Stone recalls a heady night in 1992; Corey Quincy attempts to solve the Wladimir Klitschko conundrum and Luke G. Williams examines the meteoric rise of Deontay Wilder and the under-rated career of Chris Byrd.