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THE RING December issue: At a glance

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When it comes to talking boxing, nothing is more provocative than hypotheticals. And it seems nothing stirs more passion than the heavyweights.

So we decided to have a little fun in December 2012 issue of THE RING, in which we had contributor Don Stradley pit current heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko – who has little real-life competition – against 10 of the greatest big men of all time and break down the matchups. That includes which fighter he believes would’ve won.

Does Klitschko beat Joe Louis? Could he handle Muhammad Ali’s quickness? And what about the power of George Foreman and Mike Tyson? Stradley gives you his take in the feature, which is titled KLITSCHKO VS. THE LEGENDS.

And contributor Bernard Fernandez writes in ‘WE CAN’T IGNORE THE KLITSCHKOS’ that HBO remains open to showcasing Wladimir and Vitali under the right circumstances in the U.S., which has never fully embraced them.

Also in this month’s issue, contributor Norm Frauenheim writes  in BEAST that KO specialist Gennady Golovkin, fresh off a his fifth-round demolition of Grzegorz Proksa, could take America by storm.

In WAITING GAME, written by contributor Thomas Gerbasi, welterweight contender Robert Guerrero looks forward after his convincing victory over Selcuk Aydin.

U.K. correspondent Gavin Evans writes in NO RUSH that Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua is weighing his many options.

In ONE FOR THE BOOKS, also written by Frauenheim, is about Alexandre Choko, the author the new book The Future of Boxing. Choko traveled the world to pick the brains of the sport’s greatest figures for the compelling project.

Contributor Ron Borges, at ringside for the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight, writes in LESSON LEARNED? that Martinez was too brave for his own good. Editor Doug Fischer writes in ‘BORN READY’ that Saul Alvarez was looking toward bigger and better things after stopping Josesito Lopez on the same night Martinez defeated Chavez.

And Michael Rosenthal, Editor of THE RING Magazine, writes in NEW HEIGHTS that Andre Ward gave the fans something new in his showdown with Chad Dawson – a spectacular knockout over an elite opponent.

Elsewhere in the issue:

  • David Greisman writes in Ready to Grumble that Martinez beat a fighter in Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. who is no longer just hype.
  • In Six Pack, T.K. Stewart writes about Victor Ortiz’s varies physical activities.
  • In this month’s Best I’ve Faced, fighter-turned-hall-of-fame-trainer Freddie Roach reveals his top opponents in 10 key categories.
  • Guest contributor Daniel Blynn explores in UPSET OF THE YEAR? the latest efforts of senators John McCain and Harry Reid to pass federal boxing legislation, which would include a national commission.
  • In Women’s Boxing, titled this month MISGUIDED CONCERN, Ryan Songalia writes that women in the sport take offense to those who believe they shouldn’t be in the ring.
  • And in Looking Ahead, Stradley focuses on Lucian Bute’s return to the ring after his devastating knockout loss to Carl Froch.


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