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THE RING Magazine February issue: At a glance

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THE RING looks back at a banner 2013 and forward to a new year in its February 2014 issue.

Contributer Gareth A Davies writes in On a Roll that the previous year was one to remember for a number of reasons, including great fights, the emergence of so many good young boxers worldwide and the rivalry between HBO and Showtime.

In 10 Things We’ll See in 2014 … and 10 We Won’t, columnist David Greisman looks into his crystal ball and gives us a peek into the future.

And, in Dreams and Nightmares, THE RING asked its contributors to reveal the fights they most want to see – and those they most dread – in 2014.

One potential matchup – Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao – re-entered the conversation after Pacquiao defeated Brandon Rios, but the odds of it happening remain long because of enormous obstacles. Bernard Fernandez takes a look at Mayweather-Pacquiao in Still a Longshot. …

Elsewhere in the issue, Robert G. Rodriguez writes in Fighting for Ukraine that former heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko is entering a political environment that is rougher than any ring war as he bids to become president of his country.

Rodriguez also gives us in Boxing Fans in the White House a fascinating look at how U.S. presidents and boxing have intersected. …

Contributor Ron Borges writers in Ready and Waiting that heavyweight contender Bermane Stiverne had to wait patiently while Klitschko decided whether to fight again. …

In I Fear No Man, contributor Keith Idec writes that hot young welterweight contender Keith Thurman continues to glean confidence from his late trainer. …

In a special package titled Fateful Blows, contributors Bart Barry and Gordon Marino look back on the fights that left Frankie Leal dead and Magomed Abdusalamov in a coma, respectively. The overriding question: Could both tragedies have been avoided? …

And, in Ryota Murata: A Bright Tomorrow?, Norm Frauenheim writes about the unusual path the Japanese Olympic middleweight gold medalist hopes to follow to stardom.

In our monthly departments:

  • In Jabs and Straight Writes, Thomas Hauser reviews No Mas, the film about the second Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran fight.
  • Reader David Krizan of Kirkland, Wash., connected John L. Sullivan with Eric “Butterbean” Esch in only 11 steps in Advanced Degrees.
  • In a special Best I’ve Faced, George Foreman revealed the best he faced in 10 key categories.
  • Greisman writes in Ready to Grumble that Nonito Donaire seems to be missing the fire that helped him achieve stardom.
  • In Letters from Europe, U.K. correspondent Gareth A Davies writes that the career of David Haye should be celebrated.
  • In Sweet Science, Scott LaFee addresses the question: Do mouthguards protect the brain?
  • Contributor Tom Gray takes a look at British prospect Khalid Yafai in New Faces.
  • And Thomas Gerbasi, our Women’s Boxing columnist, gives you the 10 greatest knockouts in women’s boxing history.