15 Incredible Photos Of Ghanaian Amateur Boxers
Patrick Sinkel’s photographs have been shortlisted for a Sony World Photography Award.
Bukom is a suburb in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. This small, largely poor area has produced some of the best African boxers on record.
German photographer Patrick Sinkel travelled to Bukom in 2014 and found the Attoh Quarshie boxing gym just by asking around. Everyone knows where the gyms are.
“Boxing isn’t just a sport, it’s their second nature.”
Fighting in general has a long tradition here, but boxing came with the British colonization. It’s become a way to escape poverty and everyday Bukom life – they worship their champions as national heroes, and the local kids want to be pro fighters in the US or Europe.