Virtually every boxing fan will recognize the face of the fighter staring out at them from the cover of the June 2011 issue. After all, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is one of the sport’s top ticket sellers and arguably the most talked-about up-and-comer in the game. But rather than the typical overview of his budding career, award-winning contributor Norm Frauenheim has delved deeply into Alvarez’ roots in “The Last of Los Son Patricios?”
You’ll have to read the article to learn the particulars, but Frauenheim’s theory on where the redheaded Mexican got his unusual looks is a revealing peek into the history of Mexico and also helps explain the source of Alvarez’ fighting spirit.
– “Sergio Martinez: A Champion Trapped by His Own Success” by Managing Editor Joe Santoliquito, ponders exactly who the reigning middleweight champion should fight next: “How does he continue to build his brand on fan-friendly fights in an environment where the world’s best are fighting either shopworn leftovers or not fighting at all?” asks Santoliquito.
Martinez, however, knows exactly whom he wants to fight next – Manny Pacquiao. “I know what is reality, but I’ve always been one of those guys that thinks anything is possible in this world … I have to keep dreaming.”
– In the wake of Miguel Cotto’s tougher-than-expected TKO of Ricardo Mayorga, Senior Writer William Dettloff asks some penetrating questions in “Cotto at 30: How much Does He Have Left?”
“You got the sense that Cotto was in charge for most of the fight,” writes Dettloff, “but that it could all change with one Mayorga right hand. And if Mayorga had just a modicum of appreciable skill, Cotto would have been there for the taking. That’s how it felt, watching. Just 30 years old? Really?”
– “One and Done! The 20 Greatest One-Punch Knockouts of All-Time” by Contributing Editor Eric Raskin is a special 21-page section devoted to single-punch blastouts. From Bob Fitzsimmons’ famous solar plexus punch, with which he took the heavyweight title away Jim Corbett, to Sergio Martinez’s left hook from hell that left Paul Williams face-first on the canvas, some of sports most dramatic endings are relived and analyzed.
“Corbett froze, quickly fell to his right knee, then teetered to his right side, balancing on one knee and his right glove,” writes Raskin of the Fitzsimmons-Corbett match in 1897. “He attempted to push off the canvas and stand up, but his body wouldn’t respond before referee George Siler reached the count of 10.”
Fitzsimmons-Corbett and Martinez-Williams ended up Nos. 12 and 8, respectively, on Raskin’s Top 20. To find out what the rest of the knockouts are and which one topped the list, you’ll have to read the article.
– Scotland has a rich boxing heritage, but since Scott Harrison boozed and brawled his way out of the sport, there has not been a world-class, homegrown hero for Scottish fans to support. That changed with emergence of Ricky Burns, The Ring’s second-ranked 130-pounder.
Although Burns won the British Commonwealth junior lightweight title in 2008, it wasn’t until he came off the floor to outpoint previously undefeated Ricardo Martinez to capture the WBO belt in one of 2010’s most exciting fights that fans beyond the borders of Scotland began to notice Burns’ championship credentials.
In “Ricky Burns: Scottish Junior Lightweight Gunning for The Ring Champions,” regular contributor Gavin Evans charts Burns’ rise to the upper echelon of his weight class and discovers why Ricky is so keen on winning The Ring belt.
– The much-anticipated rematch between Ring light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and living legend Bernard Hopkins is closely examined in “Showdown,” a five-page preview that explores every aspect of the scheduled 12-rounder and picks a winner.
– “Ryan Out Loud” columnist Jeff Ryan looks back at Mike Tyson’s glory days on the eve of “Leg-Iron Mike’s” induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and recalls the magical night of March 8, 1971, when Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali in the first bout of their classic trilogy.
– Ivan Goldman offers a sensible “Solution to a Senseless Feud” between Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions in this issue’s “Digging Deep” and takes a few shots at the warring parties in the process: “Isn’t it interesting that fighters who try to knock each others’ blocks off inside the ring can coexist as gentlemen outside the ropes, while these front-office people are unable to conduct themselves as adults?” muses the always outspoken Goldman, who also hands out five Magoos to various members of the boxing industry.
– Iconoclast Jim Bagg casts a semi-suspicious eye at super middleweight star Andre Ward in “Hitting on the Break.”
“It’s a hidden subplot of Showtime’s “Super Six” tournament, and the Baggalaureate is here to reveal it: Andre Ward, that S.O.G., is one lucky S.O.B.,” writes Bagg. “His tournament couldn’t be more charmed if he was a leprechaun chowing down on marshmallowy breakfast cereal.”
– The second installment of The Ring’s monthly women’s boxing column (“The Sweeter Science”) features Mexican star Ana Maria Torres. “Her original goal was to become a competitive martial artist, but Tae Kwon Do lessons were too much for the family budget,” writes Chris Richards. “So Torres switched to boxing at age 18 with the vociferous support of her mother.”
– “Amateur News & Views” by Michael Rivest shines a spotlight on Amir Iman and Albany’s Quail Street Boxing Gym; Margaret Goodman focuses on Nonito Donaire’s relationship with former BALCO chief Victor Conte in “Fight Doctor,” and Don Stradley profiles heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder in “New Faces.”
All of the above, along with regular features “Ringside,” “Round One,” “Stat Pack,” “Camera Clicks,” “Ringside Reports,” “Perfect Execution,” “Hall Of Fame Profile,” “Flashback,” and “Looking Ahead” is now available in the June 2011 issue.
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