It’s almost too easy to pick on the heavyweight division. The fighters populating this weight class are often lumbering and unskilled, and sadly lack the name recognition to live up to the historical luster of boxing’s glamour division.
Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko have mercilessly controlled the division for several years and are in the midst of one of the most impressive simultaneous championship reigns in the sport.
Since the Klitschkos will obviously never fight each other, it’s time to look at a list of four exciting, young prospects/contenders who could be saddled with the burden of restoring the credibility of the sport’s most significant division.
For this list, I have decided to focus on two Americans and two Brits.
I’m convinced that if the heavyweight division is to ever regain its untouchable status of the 1970s, it will be partly due to a shift in attitude from its audience and writers. We need to get past the fact that the majority of the best heavyweights come from Eastern Europe and start covering and believing in the potential of heavyweight prospects.
If all we do is continue this vicious cycle of perpetuating negativity and endless criticism, heavyweight boxing will quickly become a more viable spectacle worthy of state-fair entertainment, as opposed to a pay-per-view attraction.
With that said, let’s meet some young heavyweights to get excited about.