Boxing Monthly is a magazine I tend to pick up several times a year and a publication I've enjoyed for a long time. The magazine was founded in 1989 and is the best British boxing magazine available. Boxing Monthly was the first British boxing magazine to go for the colourful, glossy look and feel of an American boxing magazine. The internet has made magazines less essential as a source of news but I'll usually pick up Boxing Monthly if there's a big fight coming up for the preview. It's also nice to build up some back issues and have a collection that spans different boxers and years.
The magazine, though British, is unapologetic for its US centric content. The big fights and best boxers are based in the US and Boxing Monthly offers extensive news, previews and fight reports from the American beat. The magazine has a full-time writer based in the US in the excellent Graham Houston. Houston has covered boxing for 35 years and his reports from the American rings are always very readable and full of enthusiasm for the subject at hand. He always includes plenty of atmosphere and behind the scenes intrigue and gossip when covering a big fight. The previews never fail to cover all the angles and do an excellent job in setting the scene and creating some anticipation in the reader.
The standard of journalism on the magazine is good and other contributers include the respected American Steve Farhood, a former Editor of both KO and Ring magazine. Farhood's articles and columns from the US are always interesting and he usually gives you a few titbits you weren't aware of, be it the TV politics that sometimes prevent two boxers from meeting in a specific instance or something more offbeat like a profile of Wrestling businessman Vince Mcmahon that attempts to work out why Wrestling is such a hit as boxing struggles. Th entertaining Steve Bunce is also another regular contributer.
There are regular sections, including a monthly round-up and reviews of any boxing related DVDs, films or books released that month. The back section of the magazine is dedicated to the domestic scene with reports and previews from the boxing beat in Britain. Boxing Monthly also feature interesting interviews with current and past boxers. Catching up with a retired champion and finding out what has happened to him is a big part of Boxing Monthly. This month you can find out what Iran 'The Blade' Barkley is up to now. If you've ever wondered what happened to Michael Olajide or Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini or whoever, Boxing Monthly will get around to telling you at some point
Boxing Monthly also has a comprehensive ratings section. They list the top ten (in their opinion) in each division for the world ratings and then rate the top thirty boxers in each division for the British ratings. The also denote which boxer is a southpaw and include the career record of each boxer next to their name.
One of the things I like about Boxing Monthly is that it can be quite opinionated sometimes. The editor Glyn Leach tends to speak his mind in his column on the first page of the magazine and tell us what has got on his nerves lately be it Sky Television, Junior Witter or freeloaders in press seats at ringside. This gives the magazine an air of independence. In the US for example, still active boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya actually purchased Ring Magazine through his company! Glyn Leach was quick to write about this and express his dismay at the absurdity of boxing journalists writing for a magazine owned by a still active boxer!
Boxing Monthly features many colour photographs and is visually a colourful and attractive magazine to flip through. The magazine usually clocks in at over fifty pages and is A4 size. It costs £3.40 which is a bit steep but it's nice to own something in print form and collect although I have noticed that you have to be somewhat careful with these because the cover can come loose from the staples if you aren't careful.
A one year subscription will cost £42 and you can buy available back issues of the magazine.
Overall, if you interested in boxing you should pick this up now and again. Especially for the big fight previews.
Price UK £3.40
Published by Topwave Ltd on the last Thursday of every month.
Distributed and exported worldwide monthly by COMAG Magazine Marketing.