Timeline of the Decline of Boxing's Heavyweight Division

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Timeline of the Decline of Boxing's Heavyweight Division
Witters Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Two Klitschko's, zero interest?

The heavyweight division was once the glamour division of the sport. 

The list of greats that used to compete for the biggest prize in sports is legendary—Ali, Foreman, Tyson—and championship fights used to be not just boxing events, but sports events. Everyone would tune in, houses would fill up with people on the couch, food would be ordered, drinks would be served and you'd settle in to see "Iron Mike" or "The Real Deal" defend their titles.

But those days are gone. The heavyweight division has become a shadow of its former glory, with the Klitschko brothers—Wladimir and Vitalit—together holding all four titles and facing a seemingly unending string of nobodies and no-hopers.

But how did we get here, to the point where the heavyweights have become basically irrelevant to everyone but the most hardcore boxing observers? Let's try and trace the decline of boxing's biggest glamour division.

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