By Dave McKee: The Ring has reportedly parted company with Editor-in-chief Nigel Collins and managing editor Joseph Santoliquito. The eighty-nine year old periodical, recently acquired by Golden Boy Promotions, is reported to have announced plans to move the magazine into the headquarters of Golden Boy and RingTV.
Eric Raskin and William Dettloff, contributing editor for the publication and senior writer for the publication, expressed deep concern over the move. Dettloff said that Collins was the final barrier between editorial integrity and meddling with the publication from Golden Boy. “Nigel has now duly paid the price for having backbone,” he lamented on the Ring Theory podcast.
This is a source of concern for many who had tried to remain optimistic about the publication’s editorial integrity following Sports and Entertainment Publications, LLC’s acquisition of the magazine in 2006. Oscar De La Hoya, boxing promoter and head of Golden Boy, is the lead investor in the group. Until now the magazine had been headquartered in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, providing some hope that the magazine could operate independently.
This is a serious issue in boxing, as The Ring’s rating system and the champions it recognizes are generally held in higher esteem than those of the formal sanctioning organizations. With one of the two most powerful boxing promotion companies in America bringing the publication so close to the center of its own influence, one has to consider the very serious conflicts of interest this poses.
Oscar De La Hoya stated, when his investment group first took control of the publication, that The Ring “will be held in an editorial trust where [it] will be operating totally independent of any influence from me or others from the Golden Boy Companies as it relates to editorial direction or content". He also indicated that a thirty-five member ratings panel would ensure Golden Boy does not misuse the publication for its own self-interest. That Nigel Collins remained as Editor-in-Chief was seen as a positive sign at the time.
Now boxing fans and industry watchers must wait to see what these recent changes mean for the magazine.
September 15, 2011