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The stage was set for either Carl Froch or George Groves to make an enormous statement on May 31.
An estimated 80,000 pumped up fans crammed into Wembley Stadium in London – the biggest crowd for a boxing match there since World War II – to watch the two Britons go to war in their much-hyped rematch.
And, in the end, it was an historic right hand from Froch in the eighth round that spoke loudest. Groves went down in a heap and the fight was stopped, making Froch the undisputed king of British boxing.
Our correspondent Elliot Worsell was there and, in what we call Finished Business, he describes in our September 2014 issue the amazing scene and ramifications of what happened.
As part of our Froch-Groves coverage, we also have a special Best I’ve Faced featuring Froch. The super middleweight titleholder reveals his toughest opponents in 10 key categories.
And, finally, U.K. columnist Gareth A Davies writes in This topped Them All that he has never experienced a night quite like the one at Wembley.
Also in a jam-packed issue, busy contributor Bernard Hopkins filed a report from the International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend in Canastota, New York. He wrote in Classy Reunion that one-time rivals Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad entered the Hall as friends.
Fernandez also wrote a piece entitled Golden Games to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1984 U.S. Olympic boxing team, which won nine gold medals.
Contributor Norm Frauenheim wrote in Stop Signs that a referee’s toughest duty is knowing when to stop a fight to save a combatant from taking undue punishment. Frauenheim, with the help of experts, breaks down the criteria used by officials.
In Football’s Loss, Boxing’s Gain, contributor Ron Borges writes that IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter took an unusual, sometimes difficult route to prominence but is in a good frame of mind to remain on top.
THE RING says goodbye to former light heavyweight champion Matthew Saad Muhammad, one of the most exciting fighters who ever stepped into the ring.
Fernandez writes in A Man of Action that Saad Muhammad survived an extremely difficult childhood to become a major attraction in boxing and a person who was perpetually positive. Meanwhile, promoter J Russell Peltz provided a fond remembrance of his friend.
And, in A Natural at the Mic, Tim Smith caught up with award-winning TV analyst Paulie Malignaggi about his immediate – and not surprising – success as a broadcaster.
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