In order to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the night Bert Cooper nearly bested Evander Holyfield for the heavyweight championship, HBO enlisted writer Carlos Acevedo to recount the story of Cooper’s troubled career. With little to no photographic or video-based content to accompany the piece, I was tasked with visualizing key moments in the story. These drawings were imbued with an aged look and simple color palette as a nod to traditional fight posters, while also highlighting the precarious nature of the boxing world at the time.

Read the full piece on the HBO Boxing Blog here.