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THE RING Magazine August issue: On sale now


RING_AUG14_contentsThe August 2014 issue of THE RING Magazine is on newsstands now. To subscribe — both to the print and digital versions — click here. You can also purchase the current issue on that page.


No one can say Canelo Alvarez isn’t taking a risk on July 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

That’s when the young Mexican star will tangle with Erislandy Lara, the Cuban southpaw with the slick, refined skills that can make life difficult for almost any opponent. Alvarez certainly could’ve found a less threatening opponent.

If Alvarez wins, it would help restore any lingering damage to his credibility from his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. If he loses, his star power will have taken a serious hit.

“This is the fight the fans have been asking for. I am going to prepare myself for a great victory,” Alvarez said.

Bart Barry, a regular contributor to THE RING Magazine, explores in No Room for Error Alvarez’s journey from the Mayweather fight through an impressive victory over Alfredo Angulo to his latest challenge.

Barry explains why Lara is a legitimate threat to win the fight and gets into his weaknesses, which were most recently exposed in a tough victory over Angulo.

Also, in Canelo Has His Work Cut Out, Editor Doug Fischer breaks down the Alvarez-Lara fight in our head-to-head analysis.

In the feature, Fischer gives scores (1 to 5) to each fighter in 20 key categories. The totals might surprise. Fischer also makes his prediction.

Also in the August 2014 issue, in Heavy Wait, contributor Bernard Fernandez chronicles Chris Arreola’s failed bid to bring a major heavyweight title back to the U.S. but writes that the Americans’ day could be coming soon.

As part of that feature, contributor Martin Mulcahey put considerable time into putting together a fascinating list of the Top 10 American heavyweights in each of the last 10 decades in a feature we call From Dominant to Afterthought.

The list clearly reflects the decline of the Americans and rise of heavyweights from Europe.

In Conflicting Visions, contributor Ron Borges explores the circumstances that led to the split between Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.

Tim Smith writes in Rolling with the (Racial) Punches that boxing has had to contend with Donald Sterling-like comments but seems to get past them more easily than in other sports.

In Ali and Friend, contributor Thomas Hauser looks back on the career of former heavyweight titleholder Jimmy Ellis, who might be best known for his long relationship with sparring partner and onetime foe Muahmmad Ali.

In Gut Check, Ron Borges looks back on the surprisingly competitive fight between Mayweather and Marcos Maidana and what it could mean for Mayweather’s future.

And Norm Frauenheim writes in Lessons of Glove-gate, the glove controversy that preceded the Mayweather-Maidana fight, that standardized gloves could be the answer to the ongoing issue.

Elsewhere in the issue:

  • In a special Best I Faced, contributor Anson Wainwright caught up to former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe, who revealed the best he faced in 10 key categories.
  • In Jabs and Straight Writes, Hauser explored the mindset of fighter Sean Monaghan on a flight to Las Vegas, where he was scheduled to fight.
  • Advanced Degrees, the feature in which we link fighters from the past and present in Six Degrees of Separation style, is sweet at Sugar. Check it out.
  • Contributor David Greisman writes in Ready to Grumble that a Mayweather-Maidana rematch makes sense.
  • Our lead news item in Outside the Ropes is the retirement of former junior middleweight titleholder Yuri Foreman.
  • In Perfect Execution, the resurrected feature in which Bernard Hopkins gives step-by-step boxing lessons, BHop focuses this month on the hook.
  • Bermane Stiverne is our Fighter of the Month after stopping Arreola to win the vacant WBC heavyweight title.
  • In Letters from Europe, our U.K. correspondent Gareth A Davies writes that British middleweight Billy Joe Saunders has maintained true to his “Traveller” heritage.
  • Fischer responds to questions from readers’ quesitons in Best of Dougie’s Mailbag.
  • Junior welterweight prospect and Manny Pacquiao sparring partner Julian Rodriguez is the subject of New Faces, written by Keith Idec.
  • In Sweet Science, contributor Scott LaFee explains why hooks and uppercuts are the most debilitating punches.
  • Contributor Thomas Gerbasi writes in Women’s Boxing that the ladies finally have a Hall of Fame for their own. Who’s in the first class? Some big names.
  • And in Amateur Boxing, contributor Joseph Santoliquito writes that super heavyweight Darmani Rock is making his presence felt.


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