View Now Miguel Cotto vs Antonio Margarito; New From Awesome Artist, Richard T.Slone
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (July 22, 2008) DoghouseBoxing  
Las Vegas (July 22, 2008) - Multi-award winning artist Richard T. Slone has unveiled his latest work a massive pre-fight canvas of boxing champions Miguel Cotto fighting Antonio Margarito just days before their epic battle in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Painterly lines and splashes make up the ferocious face of Miguel Cotto (32-0, 26 KOs), a two-division world champion as he fires a solid left hook at two-time welterweight king Antonio Margarito, who in turn, fires a long straight right. It’s all on the line and these gladiators are fighting with their entire souls. Art fans are brought inside the ring with Slone’s latest masterpiece, simply titled ‘The Battle’.

Slone, the Official artist of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, has envisioned the fight and depicted it in superb colors before the championship fight is set to take place July 26th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

34 year old Slone, a former boxer guided by legend Smokin’ Joe Frazier, has become one of the world’s premier young artists. In boxing, his work often graces the program covers for boxing’s elite.

“Cotto vs. Margarito is gonna be a modern day classic. It has all the ingredients of a superfight and I truly can’t pick a winner. It is gonna be a war and both men are fighting with so much pride and that's what I tried to convey in my painting, heart and soul.” The pride he speaks of is perhaps Nationalistic, Cotto hails from Puerto Rico and Margarito from Mexico – a fierce rivalry amongst prizefighters. Slone doesn’t let this pride escape on the canvas, both fighters flags are rendered as background in the painting, which art critic Victoria Goldstein describes as a masterpiece, “Slone is pushing the limits all the time. His work intrigues and pleases – the expressions and emotions he captured in this particular painting are exceptional and shows he’s maturing as an artist and taking risks with colors, the journey is exciting from the art worlds perspective” said Goldstein.

Slone’s original painting will be on display at the Memorabilia Museum at the Mandalay Bay casino and Resort during fight week. Slone has a permanent exhibit at the Museum where many of his originals and prints are sold.

“This is an exciting fight, it gets no bigger” said Slone “I wanted to express the excitement through my art and I hope the fans enjoy my pre-fight work”. Slone is the official artist of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and recently signed a ten-year agreement for National Geographic/Hampton Brown to publish some of his art. Demand for Slone’s original works has increased significantly over the last few years earning him a nomination for 2008 sports artist of the year.

"The Battle"
Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito
2008 (unvieled July 22, 2008)
Image size: 30” x 40”
Original Painting; Acrylic on canvas; signed by the artist lower right.

Status of Original: AVAILABLE
Status of Prints: Contact

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