Sam Langford was a black Canadian boxing standout of the early 20th century, from about 1902-1923. Called the "Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows," by ESPN, he was rated no. 2 by The Ring on their list of "100 greatest punchers of all time."
Fidel La Barba, smiles directly at the camera while sitting at a desk with a typewriter and documents. He wears glasses, a tie, and sport jacket. Behind him is a window with the blinds closed. La Barba was a former championship fighter, who upon retirement, attended Stanford and received journalism degree. He became a sportswriter and eventually became a boxing advisor for Hollywood films. He wrote the related article and describes the grim reality of being a boxer.
This is a portrait of boxer Billy Hogan taken around the time that he was coming into his own and on the rise. At this point people were predicting he would become the new champion. Also refer to article carrying photograph taken on the same day: "Fight Fans Predict Hogan Coming Champion." Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 1932: 14