An original painting by Richard Slone, featuring heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger David Haye, graces the cover of the July 2011 issue of The Ring. As the headline indicates, Klitschko-Haye is “The Fight We Have All Been Waiting For” in the heavyweight division.
The Ring’s preview material for the most important heavyweight bout in recent years includes three items: Brian Doogan’s cover story, which delves into Haye’s rise from cruiserweight champion to WBA heavyweight titleholder, examines his chances of upsetting Klitschko and the prospects for the sport’s former glamour division to lift itself out of the doldrums via an action-packed contest. Our “Experts Picks” section goes beyond the normal round up of U.S. media members and, instead, elicits the opinion of a number of European pundits and boxers who have shared the ring with one or both of the contestants. Editor-in-Chief Nigel Collins devotes his “Ringside” editorial to the significance of the match in a column titled, “Bigger than You Think.”
It’s that time again, time for The Ring’s annual “State of the Game,” our annual in-depth look at the Sweet Science division by division. Written by Contributing Editor Eric Raskin, “SOTG” is unique in boxing journalism – a detailed examination of virtually every major active fighter in the game. Each weight class is accompanied by an 11-category sidebar that lists Best Puncher, Best Boxer, Most Protected, Most Avoided, Is He Still Around, Matchmaker’s Dream, Deserves a Title Shot, Most Fun to Watch, On the Way Up, On the Way Down and Best Fight of 2010. Moreover, there are also five additional sidebars that scrutinize other details of the sport.
“Night of the Dog” is regular contributor Don Stradley’s take on the double upset that took place on April 16 – Victor Ortiz W 12 Andre Berto and Orlando Salido TKO 9 Juan Manuel Lopez – and explain how preconceived notions fooled almost everybody expect the winners. “If most of us were caught by surprise by the two upsets, it is probably because we believed in Lopez’s power as much as Lopez did, or we believed, like Berto, that Ortiz simply isn’t an elite fighter,” writes Stradley. “We sided with the undefeated titlists. We sided with the glamour and the money. We, too, were looking ahead.”
“Morales’ Miracle: Still ‘El Terrible’ After All These Years” is Senior Writer William Dettloff’s insightful look at Erik Morales’ wonderfully unexpected bout with Marcos Maidana. “Morales didn’t beat Maidana, losing a majority decision,” writes Dettloff. “But he made a great many people feel silly at having underestimated him, and, when you take stock of your life and what you’ve done, there are worse things to have on your resume.”
British correspondent Gavin Evans examines the success of one-night “Prizefighter” tournaments in the UK. With more than $50,000 going to the winner of the eight-man tourney, promoter Barry Hearn has had no trouble lining up contestants, many of whom have rejuvenated their careers via the Prizefighter. “The status of Prizefighter is now so high that the audience believes the winner should immediately fight for a world title, and certainly it’s a very good steppingstone for a British, Commonwealth or European title,” says Eddie Hearn, Barry’s son and Matchroom’s managing director.
Columnist Jeff Ryan delivers a personal tribute to the late Gil Clancy in “Fancy that Clancy.” Among the anecdotes Ryan recalls is the first time he interviewed the legendary trainer and broadcaster. “Meeting him was more nerve-wracking than an IRS audit,” writes Ryan. “I’d been told that Clancy had a glass eye (it was true), but I wasn’t sure which orb was the fake one … [I kept] positioning and repositioning my folding chair in the glare of the sun, never sure if Clancy could see me out of the corner of his eye. … He must have thought I’d downed 12 cups of coffee that afternoon or had Stage Four jock itch.”
In this issue’s “Digging Deep,” crusading columnist Ivan Goldman rips into the mainstream media for failing to cover such outstanding fights as Giovani Segura-Ivan Calderon II, Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto and Orlando Salido-Juan Manuel Lopez. “The New York Times’ editors apparently aren’t aware that nearly a million Puerto Ricans live in New York and that they all love Juan Manuel Lopez,” writes Goldman. “What is regarded as the best newspaper in America didn’t even bother to run a little wire story about his loss to Salido in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.”
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