This is a big year for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Among the inductees this year are Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Joe Calzaghe, three of the most popular fighters of their era. That's why THE RING Magazine has devoted so many pages to stories on inductees over the past several months.
We left the biggest for last. De La Hoya, the 1992 Olympic gold medalist who drove the sport for a decade, gave contributor Ron Borges a revealing interview about his battle with substance abuse and what he feels is a fresh start.
A re-energized Golden Boy says in 'I'm Awake Again' that he is dealing successfully with his personal problems and reasserting himself as president of his promotional firm, as well as addressing a rift with company CEO Richard Schaefer.
“I was tired,” De La Hoya said of the sobering realities of addiction. “I didn't want to be this athlete-celebrity who people shake their heads at and say, 'How can he let this happen?' I finally had to see who I was. I wasn't the boxer. I wasn't the celebrity or the owner of a powerful promotional company. I was an alcoholic.”
Also part of the July 2014 issue, in 25 Years and Counting, contributor Bernard Fernandez uses its quarter-century anniversary to look back at the Hall, which began on a shoestring budget and evolved into a dream destination for every boxer in the U.S. and beyond.
Also in this special issue, THE RING gives you it's annual State of Game package, our exclusive, 22-page, division-by-division analysis.
Contributor David Greisman, working with boxing sages Martin Mulcahey and Anson Wainwright, covers the stars, the depth and the future of all 17 divisions, among a variety of other elements in the feature.
In addition, this issue marks the return of the popular Perfect Execution, in which ringmaster Bernard Hopkins provides lessons in the fundamentals of the sport.
The quality material doesn't stop there. Norm Frauenheim, at ringside for the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley rematch, writes in The Elder Statesman that Pacquiao might be aging but proved he is far from finished.
Pacquiao's performance rekindled hope of a showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr. but no one is holding his or her breath.
THE RING also looks back on the life and career of British promoter and unforgettable character Mickey Duff, as well as Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the contender whose greatest fight was for his freedom.
Elsewhere in the July 2014 issue:
In Jabs and Straight Writes, Thomas Hauser writes that open scoring should be knocked out of the sport.
Trinidad is our subject for Best I Faced. Who was the best all-around fighter he ever fought?
Greisman writes in his column, Ready to Grumble, that viewers who buy less-than-ideal matchups contribute to the problem.
The Fighter of the Month? No brainer: Pacquiao, who handed Bradley his first defeat and assured himself more big fights.
In Letters from Europe, U.K. correspondent Gareth A Davies writes that fighters defecting from one promoter to another have created legal battles that could rival those in the ring.
Callum Smith, a power-puncher from the U.K., is the subject of New Faces.
In Sweet Science, contributor Scott LaFee writes that medical experts continue to push for safer weight-loss practices in boxing.
Thomas Gerbasi, our Women's Boxing columnist, tells the compelling story of Shelly Vincent, who has used childhood tragedy to fuel her boxing career.
And, in Amateur Boxing, Joseph Santoliquito writes about legendary Cuban coach Pedro Roque Otano now working with American amateurs.