The lead story of November 2011 issue of THE RING is one of the most popular annual features in the magazine, The Ring All-Star Report Cards: Grading Boxing’s Elite.
Don Stradley, a regular contributor, uses five categories – talent, achievement, marketability, support system and growth potential – to rate 20 of the biggest names in the sport.
The biggest challenge we faced this year? Deciding who would be on the list.
“Never before have we gone through so much to nail down 20 fighters,” Stradley wrote. “We’d think we were done, but more names would barge into our minds, demanding consideration.”
Who made our list? Check out the November issue.
In Is Dawson B-Hop’s Buzz Killer?, Eric Raskin writes that Chad Dawson’s “nightmare” style might prove to be a bigger challenge than the hands of time to RING light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins.
Hopkins fights Dawson on Oct. 15 in Los Angeles.
A Good Fight Ruined, by William Dettloff, takes a look back at the controversial fight between Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko for Agbeko’s IBF title and championship of Showtime’s bantamweight tournament.
Mares won a majority decision in a competitive fight but the story was the series of low punches thrown by Mares, who somehow went unpunished by referee Russell Mora.
Joseph Santoliquito caught up with a rising lightweight star for The Ring Interview: Brandon Rios.
“Fans love the way I fight,” Rios said. No one will argue.
And New Faces, by Gavin Evans, gives us a look at gifted welterweight prospect Kell Brook. Could he be the next British star?
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