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Digital edition of The Ring’s Spence-Crawford special available now, print edition coming soon

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The latest digital edition of The Ring Magazine is now available to subscribers, who will also be treated to special print issue that is sure to become a sought-after collector’s item!

In our Summer 2023 edition, we’re focusing on the one we’ve been waiting for: Errol Spence Jr. vs. Terence Crawford.

Yes, this overdue collision for the undisputed welterweight championship is finally going to happen on July 29. In honor of the occasion, we’ve brought back some master craftsmen for this issue, starting with the cover by artist Richard Slone and the feature story by former Ring Editor-in-Chief Nigel Collins, in which he ponders how the combatants will rise to the occasion and give fans what they’ve craved for so long:

For a deep dive into how the fighters might prepare, two esteemed trainers, Stephen “Breadman” Edwards and Jose Benavidez Sr., describe what they’d do in the gym to get Spence and Crawford ready in “Battle Plan.” Will five years of marination spoil the dish? Maybe, maybe not. In “Worth the Wait,” writer Don Stradley shows us that delayed superfights are nothing new in boxing — sometimes it works out for the better, and sometimes … not so much.

There’s no question that this is THE fight the 147-pound weight class has needed for a long time, though. Historian Lee Groves gives his “10 Greatest” list of championship fights that made welterweight the “other” glamour division.

You want picks? We’ve got picks from the people who have been there. In “Champions Corner,” 18 former welterweight titleholders, from John H. Stracey to Jeff Horn, describe what they think will happen on July 29.

And finally, in “The Long Road to Prime Time,” veteran scribe Ron Borges chronicles the journey to reach this moment and shows how, in the end, it was Spence and Crawford themselves who put an end to the B.S. and demanded the fight get made.

Staying with the 147-pound theme, we’ve got a preview of another imminent welterweight clash from writer Adam Abramowitz, who breaks down the x-factors of Vergil Ortiz vs. Eimantas Stanionis. And Joseph Santoliquito brings us a Q&A with Jaron “Boots” Ennis, the man who many (including Ennis) think will be the division’s next superstar.

In “Fair Play,” Thomas Gerbasi brings us the story of how undisputed featherweight champion Amanda Serrano is now returning a favor that Heather Hardy gave her years ago: a shot at the world title. And we’re excited to bring you the debut of a new column, “Commissioner’s Corner,” in which former Ring EIC and Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission Randy Gordon will give his monthly take on the state of the game.

There’s much more, so check it out! The issue is available both in mobile format and as a magazine-style pdf for download.

Thanks to all the subscribers! We hope you enjoy both versions of this very special magazine. If you’re not a subscriber, you should be. We’ve got more collectible print editions coming this year and a brand-new app in the works. Click here to experience this month’s digital edition (plus 10 years of back issues); or click here for a one-year subscription (only $19.22).

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