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March 08, 2000|LARRY STEWART

What: "Uppercut" and "Ring Sport" boxing publications

"Uppercut" is a slick, full-color bilingual boxing magazine with well written articles and good layouts.

Published in Los Angeles by Fiesta Publications (3010 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 202, L.A. 90010), "Uppercut" concentrates on West Coast boxing. Its unique bilingual format offers the Spanish version of a story placed either next to or immediately after the English version.

"Uppercut" comes out only four times a year. It's priced at $3.95, or $12.95 for a four-issue subscription.

"Sugar" Shane Mosley, whom publisher Jesus V. Jimenez calls perhaps one of the world's best fighters, is featured in the most recent issue, the story focusing on a visit to East Los Angeles by Mosley and a challenge he issued Oscar De La Hoya.

"Ring Sport," which has been around for 10 years, also is aimed at West Coast fans. It is published monthly in Reno in association with the Mandalay Bay resort and priced at $2 an issue. Subscriptions cost $21 for a year, $36 for two years. The address is P.O. Box 18336, Reno, Nev., 89511.

"Ring Sport," printed in tabloid newspaper form, calls itself "the foremost boxing magazine in the world." That's a long stretch but "Ring Sport" has some interesting reading, such as "Ringside With Johnny Ortiz," written by the veteran Los Angeles radio boxing expert.

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