Tiny Boxing Champion

Hekkie Budler is a South African professional boxer. At 1m 60cm tall, he has been called the world’s smallest boxing champion. ‘The Hexecutioner’ has only lost 4 of his 32 career fights to date. He came to Monte Carlo to defend his world champion titles in the minimumweight division, the lightest classification in boxing. He trained in his hotel, before taking on China’s Xiong Zhao Zhong during a 12 round combat. Images were shot on assignment for the New York Times.