Michael Rosenthal

THE RING Magazine March issue: At a glance

Selecting a Fighter of the Year is often a dicey proposition. This year, the field of legitimate candidates was particularly crowded. Cases could be made for at least a half dozen fighters.

Our choice? Well, you can see him there on the cover – RING light heavyweight champ Adonis Stevenson, who won the title by knocking out Chad Dawson and had three other victories in a break-through 2013.

And Fighter of the Year is only one of 10 categories among our year-end awards: We also feature Fight of the Year, Knockout of the Year, Round of the Year, Upset of the Year, Comeback of the Year, Trainer of the Year, Prospect of the Year, Event of the Year and Most Inspirational.

Who were the other winners? You’ll have to pick a copy of the March 2014 issue, which includes a special 30-page year-end section and is on newsstands now.

You can also buy the current issue – or subscribe to THE RING Magazine – by going to RingTV.com and clicking on SUBSCRIBE in the navigation bar or the icon on the upper right of the homepage.

The special section also includes our annual best fighter poll, in which we ask 10 prominent boxing writers to give us their pound-for-pound Top 10. Then, in a system similar to college football polls, we determine ranking by points.

Also part of the package is our Highly Unofficial Awards, a quirky look at boxing from the previous year by columnist David Greisman.

And, finally, Thomas Gerbasi, our Women’s Boxing columnist, gives you the year-end awards for the women. We name winners in the same 10 categories we use for the men.

Elsewhere in the March issue, contributor Ron Borges writes in De La Hoya-Trinidad II that rivals Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad never fought a second time but will enter the International Boxing Hall of Fame in June together.

The Hall of Fame recently announced its high-profile Class of 2014, which also includes Joe Calzaghe. We give you a look at all of this year’s inductees. …

Contributor Tom Gray writes in ‘A Roller Coaster of Emotion’ that George Groves has had a difficult time dealing with his controversial loss to countryman Carl Froch but is determined not to let the setback derail his progress. …

UFC President Dana White told Gerbasi about his plans for a boxing reality TV show. …

Contributor Norm Frauenheim writes in Soviet Invasion that fighters from countries that were formerly part of the USSR – Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Ruslan Provodnikov, et al – are making their marks in the United States in greater numbers than ever before. …

And in Cold Warrior, contributor Bernard Fernandez writes about Provodnikov’s long journey from Siberia to prominence in his sport. …

In our monthly departments:

  • In Jabs and Straight Writes, Thomas Hauser explores the value of a rare Cassius Clay signature and catches up with Kevin McBride, who stopped Mike Tyson.
  • Reader Oscar Navarro impressively connected 1920s and ’30s flyweight Fidel LaBarba with heavyweight Vitali Klitschko in only nine steps in Advanced Degrees.
  • In a special Best I’ve Faced, new Hall of Famer Calzaghe revealed the best he faced in 10 key categories.
  • Greisman writes in Ready to Grumble that Cubans Erislandy Lara and Guillermo Rigondeaux are talented but can’t connect with fans.
  • In Letters from Europe, U.K. correspondent Gareth A Davies writes that Froch should give Groves a rematch, which now appears to be in the works.
  • And in Sweet Science, Scott LaFee writes that no one should be surprised that fighters are succeeding well into their 40s.

 

 

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