One of my favorite boxing stories this year has been the re-emergence of the light heavyweight division. The 175-pound weight class has been home to some of boxing's all-time greats over the years, but it rarely draws the same attention as the heavyweights, welterweights and middleweights.
But this year, two of the sport's biggest breakout stars have been at light heavyweight. Explosive puncher Adonis Stevenson shocked the boxing world in July when he knocked out Chad Dawson in Round 1 to collect the WBC and lineal titles.
Sergey Kovalev has meanwhile spent the year relentlessly walking down opponents with his rugged, puncher-boxer style. In August, he steamrolled previously unbeaten Nathan Cleverly in Wales by Round 4 TKO to capture the WBO belt.
Both Stevenson and Kovalev will return to action in Montreal this Saturday, defending their belts. Both fights will be broadcast on HBO.
With light heavyweight front and center for Thanksgiving weekend, I offer this look at the division's immediate future.