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Thursday, 23 February 2012

23/02/12 Is boxing at an all time low or just the heavyweight division?

I keep hearing and reading everyday that boxing isn't what it used to be, or boxing is in decline and will never be the same.
I suppose i have to agree with that to a certain degree, if you mean the Klitschko brothers are not living up to the Ali, Liston and Frazier era of boxing or the Tyson, Bowe and Holyfield era of boxing then the above statements would ring true.
Keeping in mind both Klitschkos can only dominante what is put infront of them, i would say they are doing a pretty good job. However this isn't stopping people looking outstide of the heavyweight division towards the current middleweight division, boxers like Mikel Kessler, Carl Froch, Lucien Bute, Andre Dirrell and Americas very own 'son of god' Andre Ward are fighting for the supremecy of that division.
Another division that never fails to excite is the welterweight division. With the likes of Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto, Miguel Cotto, Saul Alvarez, Manny Pacqiuao and Floyd Mayweather there is always another big fight just around the corner. In my opinion i believe both of these divisions are stronger than they have ever been and need to be seriously considered before the sport of boxing is told it is heading on a downwards slope. I understand that the megafight everyone is crying out for is the Pacman v Money, but on the flip side we have gained two huge fights in Mayweather v Cotto and Pacquiao v Bradley can we not look forward to these encounters?
Yes ok, the era of Ali, Foreman, De la hoya, Tyson have all passed but enter the Era of Nonito Donaire, Adrian Broner, Brandon Rios, Ricky Burns, Saul Alverez Julio Ceaser Chavez, Tavoris Cloud and Andre Ward. Im aware that no heavyweights have been mentioned here but should that matter, surely these fighters deserve a mention?

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