By Ron Jackson
Former boxer, trainer and now promoter and publisher Jeff Ellis has just launched a new magazine African Ring with the first issue being available from this month on a subscription basis only. After an absence of nearly five years fans will once again have a voice for boxing.
In view of the high costs of publishing Jeff decided that the only feasible way of having a monthly magazine would be to have subscribers pay for six months up front and with already 500 subscribers this venture should prove successful.
The first issue is very impressive on high gloss paper and well produced with sections on history, ratings, current issues, results and some outstanding photographs from the past and the present.
Jeff has an archive of more than 40 000 photographs and subscribers can look forward to some rare pictures in future issues.
The editorial team is headed by Jeff together with Brian Mitchell, Terry Pettifer, Ron Jackson, Pete Moscardi, Bongani Magasela and Andre de Vries.
In the May issue Ron brings back the past with a story on the tragic life of former WBA bantamweight champion Arnold Taylor and Terry Pettifer has an in depth look at the history of South African heavyweights.
One of the best boxing writers on the current world boxing scene Pete Moscardi covers the recent clash for the IBF junior lightweight belt between Malcolm Klassen and Cassius Baloyi.
Award winning writer Bongani Magasela has a look at what new promoter on the block Blacky Seoe has done for boxing in the Free State Province.
Record keeper of note Andre de Vries does an analysis of the results for March and April.
South African fans have been starved of a boxing magazine for some time and on the evidence of the first issue and a solid subscription base there is no reason why the magazine should not be a success.
Any enquiries can be submitted to Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org.