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List Of Ring magazines

Ring Magazines List

History Of Ring Magazine

Cover Of The First Ring Magazine

Cover Of The First Ring Magazine

The Ring, founded and published by hall-of-famer Nat Fleischer, has perpetrated boxing scandals, helped make unknown fighters famous worldwide, and covered boxing’s biggest events of all time. Dan Daniel was a co-founder and prolific contributor to The Ring through most of its history. It refers to itself (and is referred to by others) as “The Bible of Boxing.” During the Fleischer years, the contents page or indicia of every issue carried the claim: “The Ring is a magazine which a man may take home with him. He may leave it on his library table safe in the knowledge that it does not contain one line of matter either in the text or the advertisements which would be offensive. The publisher of The Ring guards this reputation of his magazine jealously. It is entertaining and it is clean.”

In 1977, three international versions of the magazine came out. One, the Spanish version, was named Ring En Español and was published from Venezuela and distributed around all Spanish-speaking countries and the United States until 1985. There was also a Japanese-language version published in Tokyo and a French version published in Paris.

The magazine was taken over by flamboyant publisher Bert Randolph Sugar in 1979, who hired Randy Gordon—who would go on later that decade to become New York’s boxing commissioner—as his editor-in-chief. By 1985, both Sugar and Gordon had moved on, then watched from the sidelines as The Ring nearly went bankrupt in 1989, causing the magazine to cease publication for most of the year. It rebounded under new management in 1990.

The Ring magazine was saved from ruin in 1990 by Boxing Hall of Fame Publisher Stanley Weston who founded Boxing Illustrated, KO & World Boxing & GC London Publishing Corp. Weston was a sentimentalist and 52 years after joining The Ring magazine as a stock boy, Weston purchased the magazine that gave him his first job. He not only resurrected the magazine from its imminent collapse, he re-established the publication as the definitive source for boxing news.

An outstanding boxing artist, Weston painted 57 covers for The Ring with his first cover, a painting of Billy Conn, for the December 1939 issue. Weston was also a photographer who, according to his own estimate, shot over 100,000 boxing photos‍—‌the majority of which are housed in the archives of The Ring magazine.

Some of the boxers featured on the magazine covers have included Andrew Golota, Salvador Sánchez, Jack Dempsey, Max Schmeling, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson, Jake LaMotta, Rocky Marciano, Willie Pep, Muhammad Ali, Alexis Argüello, Wilfred Benítez, Wilfredo Gómez, Roberto Durán, Larry Holmes, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bud Taylor, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Thomas Hearns, Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins, Julio César Chávez, Félix Trinidad, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar De La Hoya, Mauro Mina, and Ricardo Mayorga. In 1977, boxer Cathy “Cat” Davis became the first and only female ever to be on a cover of The Ring, holding the distinction of being the only woman featured on the cover of Ring Magazine until January 2016, when Ronda Rousey joined her and also became the first Mixed Martial Arts fighter featured on Ring Magazine’s cover. The Ring has used cover artwork created by famed artists such as LeRoy Neiman and Richard T. Slone.

The Ring was formerly published by London Publications and Kappa Publishing Group, which also published sister magazines KO Magazine and World Boxing, which were former competitors of The Ring but ceased operations while under Kappa’s ownership.

The Ring magazine was formerly led by International Boxing Hall of Famer Nigel Collins.

Sports and Entertainment Publications, LLC, owns The Ring, which it acquired from Kappa Publishing Group in 2006. Sports and Entertainment Publications, LLC is owned by a group of private investors led by Oscar de la Hoya. Also acquired were KO Magazine and ‘World Boxing. The magazine’s rankings are recognized as “official” by some in the U.S. media, particularly ESPN. While some may see a conflict of interest in a boxing promoter being paymaster of what is essentially a magazine/rankings organization that awards world titles and belts, De La Hoya says that is not the case. “These magazines will be held in an editorial trust where they will be operating totally independent of any influence from me or others from the Golden Boy Companies as it relates to editorial direction or content”. Also there is a 35-member ratings advisory panel, which include many of the media that cover boxing, who would prevent Golden Boy Promotions from using the magazine for self gain.

The Ring was headquartered in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania until 2011 when it was relocated to Los Angeles.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Boxing_Hall_of_Fame


For Compromised and Injured Fighters Entering Big Fights: History Tells a Dismal Story

After watching last Saturday’s fight between Bud Crawford and Jose Benevides Jr., it appears Benevides entered the fight with a leg injury, which prevented him from being able to perform to his potential. It was clear he lacked power in his right hand due to his leg injury. His shuffling forward and backwards was awkward, to say the least. With limited mobility, Benevides was a sitting duck for Crawford. This was all due to an event which occurred a couple years ago, when he was shot. But at the fight last Saturday, Benevides looked handicapped. Gamblers that set the betting line in Las Vegas had him as a 30-1 underdog, even though he had a 27-0 record. They were correct. Benevides took a systematic beating and was finally TKOed in the 12th round. I give Benevides a lot of credit for putting up a good fight until his fateful 12th the round.

I decided to put together a list of fighters who went into a major fight with a substantial ailment or injury preventing them from having a reasonable chance of winning. In no particular order, here are thirteen examples:

1. Muhammad Ali vs Cleveland Williams (1966)
Result: 3rd round TKO
Williams enter fight 2 years after being shot and badly injured by a highway patrol cop. He took a terrible beating in this matchup , never landing a single punch on Ali. Total massacre.

2. Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier III (1975)
Result: 14th round TKO
Frazier was reportedly blind in his left eye. He took hundreds of punches to the head. It was such a bad beating, he did not fight for the next 5 years. He would have one more fight, which ended in a draw.

3. Larry Holmes vs Muhammad Ali (1980)
Result: 10th round TKO
Ali entered the ring on cocktail of drugs for various aliments. Ali took one of worst beatings ever seen in a heavyweight title fight. Painful to watch fight.

4. Jack Dempsey vs. Billy Miske (1920)
Result: 3rd round TKO
Miske entered the fight with advanced Bright’s disease. He was swiftly KO’d in three rounds. Miske would die three years later.

5. Joe Louis vs John Henry Lewis (1939)
Result: 1st round KO
Lewis was going blind in one eye and was quickly KO’d in the first round. He never fought again.

6. Oscar DeLa Hoya vs Julio Cesar Chavez I (1996)
Result: 4th round TKO
Chavez entered the ring with a badly cut left eye, covered with makeup. After the first jab DeLaHoya landed on Chavez’s eye in first round, blood started streaming down his face. By the end of first round his entire face covered in blood. He took a beating until the fight was stopped in 4th round.

7. Kid Gavilan vs Tony Janiro (1951)
Result: 4th round TKO
Janiro had a badly damaged knee going into the fight. He could barley stand up. Janiro was knocked down several times and stumbled around the ring constantly. He looked helpless, until referee finally stopped the massacre.

8. Arthur Perkly vs Luther McCarty (1913)
Result: 1st round KO
McCarty was best young heavyweight prospect in 1913 and most likely would have become a heavyweight champion in the future. This fight was a tune up for McCarty. A few hours before fight McCarty was thrown off a horse he was riding, injuring his neck. He entered the ring with a severely damaged neck. Midway through first round Perkly landed a light punch to McCarty’s head fatally injuring him.

9. Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao (2015)
Result: W12
Pacman reportedly had an injured shoulder going into this fight. He could not throw his usual volume of hard punches. Lost decision. He was outworked, according to Las Vegas judges.

10. Roy Jones vs Tony Thornton (1995)
Result: 3rd round TKO
Thornton who worked full time for US Postal Service entered fight with badly injured arm. How he passed the pre-fight physical is a mystery. He took a bad beating, while the fight did last. It was mercifully stopped in the 3rd round.

11. Jimmy Ellis vs Jerry Quarry (1968)
Result: W15
Quarry had a broken bone in his back. He fought a very lackluster fight. He was unable to get off. Losing this fight altered Quarry’s career trajectory.

12. Miguel Cotto vs Sergio Martinez (2014)
Result: 10th round TKO
Martinez had an injured knee. He was never “in” the fight from first round on. This fight was the end of his career.

13. Emile Griffith vs Gypsy Joe Harris (1968)
Result: W12
Harris was blind in one eye. Griffith took advantage and won an easy decision over unbeaten Harris, who never fought again.
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