Richard T. Slone
Born on February 24, 1977 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is widely recognized as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing history.
As an amateur, he won three national Golden Gloves and a Olympic bronze medal. During his professional career, he held multiple world titles in five weight classes and the lineal championship in four weight classes. He retired with an undefeated 50-0 record.
Richard T. Slone was commissioned to create a painting to honor Mayweather’s accomplishments in 2007, earning him « Fighter of the Year » from the Boxing Writers Association of America.
That year Mayweather received the Edward J. Neil Award for his split decision victory over Oscar De La Hoya, in what was the highest grossing pay-per-view fight at the time, as well as his KO 10 victory over the previously undefeated Ricky Hatton in his two ring appearances in 2007.
The art was used as the official program cover for the 83rd annual awards event when they honored Floyd in May 2008 in Los Angeles, California.
It was the first time in 10 years that Slone painted a portrait of Mayweather. In 1998 a young Floyd commissioned the artist to paint a portrait of himself. It was clear to Slone, the up and coming boxer would become a star.
« He always had the ‘it’ factor. There was always something special about Floyd. I am happy to paint him as Fighter of the Year and look forward to painting him for the Hall of Fame ». – Richard T. Slone.
Beside the BWAA program cover, the painting has been featured in many publications including the cover of the Mayweather Fundraiser and was printed on an exclusive and official poster of Mayweather Promotions.
The painting size is 18×24 inches.
Sold framed as shown on image(s).
The outside dimensions are approx. 20.5×27 inches (52×68.5 cm).
It comes with a letter of authenticity from Slone Art Company, signed by the artist. The 83rd annual BWAA awards dinner program is NOT included.
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Slone has been the official artist of the International Boxing Hall of Fame for over 20 years. His artwork has been used on the official posters and programs for most major boxing events in the last 15 years. He has been seen painting live on national television.
Internationally renowned, multi-award artist Richard T. Slone was born in 1974 in northern England. He is self-taught and will later combine his love of art with his ability as a boxer.
Slone would eventually pursue an offer to become a boxer under the guidance of boxing great Joe Frazier in Philadelphia.
After an amateur career, he will decide not to turn professional but instead focus on painting the sport he loves. The Ring magazine will give him his first published work. He would later say: “My experience in the ring adds to my paintings.”
It is obvious Slone is passionate about the sport. His artwork reflects the deep respect and admiration he has for the fighters. “The least I can do is to paint them”, he says. “Everyone admires a great fighter and as an artist it’s easy to be inspired by such.”
The interest and demand in Slone’s art has been exceptional over the past years. He has become popular with notable collectors including Bruno Mars, Hugh Hefner, Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela and many more. His work can be seen on the covers of many magazines, including The Ring, and has been used by many companies and advertising agencies.
He is compared to American artist LeRoy Neiman, who was considered the leading sports artist in the world before his death in 2012.
Richard T. Slone is without any doubt the number one artist for boxing in activity.