There is uncertainty in boxing circles about what some recent editorial changes mean for the future of The Ring magazine. Parent company Golden Boy Promotions, headed by SoCal sports hero Oscar De La Hoya, has reportedly fired editor-in-chief Nigel Collins and managing editor Joseph Santoliquito, and announced that the publication’s Blue Bell, Pennsylvania operations are being folded into the LA headquarters of Golden Boy and RingTV.
Unusually, news of these changes was first revealed last week by a couple of the magazine’s staffers, Eric Raskin and William Dettloff, on their podcast “Ring Theory. In response, “Queensbury Rules” blogger Tim Starks shared these thoughts:
I’m withholding final judgment on all of this, and what it means for the magazine, until I know more. All I know is that, based on what I’ve heard so far, I’m worried. Very, very worried.
With Golden Boy, a promoter, and the compilation of The Ring‘s influential boxer rankings no longer separated by some 3,000 miles, a number of other boxing industry watchers are equally concerned that the magazine’s editorial integrity could be compromised.