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''The Ring'' magazine inaugurated its Annual Ratings in its [[Ring Magazine: February 1925|February 1925]] issue, page 6. (The history of these boxing ratings was published in the [[Ring Magazine: November 1958|November 1958]] issue.) They were created by editor and publisher [[Nat Fleischer]], based upon Walter Camp's annual All-American college football selections. These were the first-ever boxing ratings ever devised. Promoter [[Tex Rickard]] reviewed and approved Fleischer's ratings, and lent use of his name. (He later tried to claim he came up with the idea.) With Rickard's death in 1929, [[Jimmy Johnston]] sponsored the ratings. Fleischer later took over sole ownership, then came out with monthly ratings, too. In time, the [[National Boxing Association]] came out with its own ratings.
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The first ratings in the history of boxing appeared in the [[Ring Magazine: February 1925|February 1925]] issue of [[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] magazine.
  
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In the [[Ring Magazine: November 1958|November 1958]] issue of ''The Ring'' magazine, [[Dan Daniel]] wrote an article entitled "Fleischer First to Devise Ring Ratings." The article stated that the idea of rating the fighters originated in 1924 with editor and publisher [[Nat Fleischer]] and that they were based upon Walter Camp's annual All-American college football selections. The idea had tremendous appeal, but questions arose to who would get behind the ratings and how many would be ranked in each of the nine divisions (the eight traditional divisions plus junior lightweight). Promoter [[Tex Rickard]] was asked to lend his name to the rankings and he accepted. It was agreed that Fleischer would make up the ratings and that Rickard would have the right to review them. Interestingly, Rickard did not make a single change and publication of the ratings created a tremendous stir in the boxing world. When the time came for publishing the second annual ratings, a national weekly offered Rickard $5,000 for the feature and he accepted, somehow, thinking that the idea belonged to him. Legal action was threatened if the national magazine and Rickard went through with the plan. Rickard saw the light and signed a new authorization for the use of his name. With Rickard's death in 1929, [[Jimmy Johnston]] sponsored the ratings and then Fleischer took over as the sole author. Later, the staff and correspondents for the magazine got involved in the ratings. In time, Fleischer began to run monthly as well as annual ratings.
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In the [[Ring Magazine: July 1987|July 1987]] issue of ''The Ring'' magazine an article by Nigel Collins appeared titled "A Return to Sanity: The New Ring Ratings."  This article has a slightly different version of how the ratings came about. The article states that the first ratings were selected, not by Fleischer or ''The Ring's'' editorial staff, but by Rickard. It further states that Rickard continued to make the choices for a number of years, but after his death, [[Jack Dempsey]] took over for a short period. Next came [[Tom McArdle]], the matchmaker for Madison Square Garden, who handled the ratings until 1933 when Fleischer decided on a staff compilation from correspondents around the world. This method was used until the [[Ring Magazine: May 1980|May 1980]] issue when the "panel/ballot" system was instituted.
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Almost from inception, ''The Ring'' ratings included only the eight traditional weight divisions. The junior welterweight and junior lightweight divisions were included for a brief period in the late 1920s and early 1930s, but were dropped in 1931. Then, starting with the [[Ring Magazine: September 1962|September 1962]] issue, the junior welterweight and junior lightweight divisions were once again included. The [[Ring Magazine: December 1974|December 1974]] issue of the ''The Ring'' saw the inclusion of the junior middleweight division, followed by the junior featherweight ([[Ring Magazine: May 1979|May 1979]]) and cruiserweight ([[Ring Magazine: April 1984|April 1984]]) divisions. Beginning in the July 1987 issue of ''The Ring'', only the traditional eight weight divisions would be rated and not the thirteen that had previously been rated. Dropped were the cruiserweight, junior middleweight, junior welterweight, junior lightweight, and junior featherweight divisions. ''The Ring'' ceased publication during 1989 and when it began publishing again in [[Ring Magazine: January 1990|January 1990]] the magazine included all thirteen previous divisions plus two new ones, super middleweight and  junior bantamweight.  Two more divisions would eventually be recognized, the junior flyweight ([[Ring Magazine: September 1991|September 1991]]) and strawweight (1997?) divisions.
  
 
== '''Annual Ratings: By Year''' ==
 
== '''Annual Ratings: By Year''' ==
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* Compare [[BoxRec's Annual Ratings]]: 1920 to 2006
 
* Compare [[BoxRec's Annual Ratings]]: 1920 to 2006
* [[The_Ring Magazine|''The Ring'' Magazine: Home]]
 

Revision as of 09:41, 1 April 2007

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The first ratings in the history of boxing appeared in the February 1925 issue of The Ring magazine.

In the November 1958 issue of The Ring magazine, Dan Daniel wrote an article entitled "Fleischer First to Devise Ring Ratings." The article stated that the idea of rating the fighters originated in 1924 with editor and publisher Nat Fleischer and that they were based upon Walter Camp's annual All-American college football selections. The idea had tremendous appeal, but questions arose to who would get behind the ratings and how many would be ranked in each of the nine divisions (the eight traditional divisions plus junior lightweight). Promoter Tex Rickard was asked to lend his name to the rankings and he accepted. It was agreed that Fleischer would make up the ratings and that Rickard would have the right to review them. Interestingly, Rickard did not make a single change and publication of the ratings created a tremendous stir in the boxing world. When the time came for publishing the second annual ratings, a national weekly offered Rickard $5,000 for the feature and he accepted, somehow, thinking that the idea belonged to him. Legal action was threatened if the national magazine and Rickard went through with the plan. Rickard saw the light and signed a new authorization for the use of his name. With Rickard's death in 1929, Jimmy Johnston sponsored the ratings and then Fleischer took over as the sole author. Later, the staff and correspondents for the magazine got involved in the ratings. In time, Fleischer began to run monthly as well as annual ratings.

In the July 1987 issue of The Ring magazine an article by Nigel Collins appeared titled "A Return to Sanity: The New Ring Ratings." This article has a slightly different version of how the ratings came about. The article states that the first ratings were selected, not by Fleischer or The Ring's editorial staff, but by Rickard. It further states that Rickard continued to make the choices for a number of years, but after his death, Jack Dempsey took over for a short period. Next came Tom McArdle, the matchmaker for Madison Square Garden, who handled the ratings until 1933 when Fleischer decided on a staff compilation from correspondents around the world. This method was used until the May 1980 issue when the "panel/ballot" system was instituted.

Almost from inception, The Ring ratings included only the eight traditional weight divisions. The junior welterweight and junior lightweight divisions were included for a brief period in the late 1920s and early 1930s, but were dropped in 1931. Then, starting with the September 1962 issue, the junior welterweight and junior lightweight divisions were once again included. The December 1974 issue of the The Ring saw the inclusion of the junior middleweight division, followed by the junior featherweight (May 1979) and cruiserweight (April 1984) divisions. Beginning in the July 1987 issue of The Ring, only the traditional eight weight divisions would be rated and not the thirteen that had previously been rated. Dropped were the cruiserweight, junior middleweight, junior welterweight, junior lightweight, and junior featherweight divisions. The Ring ceased publication during 1989 and when it began publishing again in January 1990 the magazine included all thirteen previous divisions plus two new ones, super middleweight and junior bantamweight. Two more divisions would eventually be recognized, the junior flyweight (September 1991) and strawweight (1997?) divisions.

Annual Ratings: By Year


Annual Ratings: By Weight Division