Bret "The Threat"


Bret "The Threat" Newton has been an avid Los Angeles based boxing photographer for over 10 years. "Threat" had originally set out to box professionally as a teenager. Having been trained by greats such as Freddie Roach, Dub Huntley and Henry Walker via Bill Slayton, things looked promising. A back injury in 1999 at the age of 19 changed that path and eventually led the way to a camera in hand in order to stay involved in the sport he loved. "I guess it's better this way. I'm still just as close to the action, except I'm not getting punched in the face, so my mom's definitely happy about that. But there's never a day or night that goes by that I don't think 'what if?'."

"Threat" first started shooting boxing for fightnews.com in 2002. Within the same year his photos started to get published in Boxing Digest Magazine. In 2004, Bret "The Threat" and Will "The Thrill" Trillo left fightnews to create Pound4Pound.com. Since then, "Threat" has shot such fights as Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez, Manny Pacquiao vs. Erik Morales, and the legendary Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo. From fighters like Bernard Hopkins and Evander Holyfield to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto, "Threat's" photos have captured some of the sports most memorable moments and personalities.

You can also find "Threat's" boxing photos featured in such magazine publications as Latin Boxing, Boxing News and Primer Round. "Threat's" photos have also been broadcasted on HBO within their pre-fight shows as well as on their fighter stats graphics. Wikipedia would contact "Threat" for photo use on the majority of their boxing related pages.

While attending Santa Monica College between 2003 and 2004, "Threat" became their theatre arts photographer, shooting their plays and musicals, some which he was also a cast member of.

In 2009, "Threat" began to photograph music videos under director Christian Strickland for such record labels as Jive for Sony and G-unit for Interscope.

Later the same year, "Threat" photographed the "Kardashian Charity Knock Out", an Access Hollywood feature.

In 2010, The Biography Channel asked to broadcast some of "Threat's" photos of Manny Pacquiao for a documentary titled "Leaders and Legends: Manny Pacquiao", which can be viewed on youtube (included on the "tear sheets" page) in it's entirety.