Why isn't the heavyweight division king in boxing today?
The biggest, strongest athletes in the world competing in a division with tons of knockouts would seem like a popular combination for fans. As we all know, however, that hasn't been the case in recent years.
The pace of heavyweight fights are often slower, and fans now seem to be drawn to the more action-packed fights in lower weight classes, especially between junior welterweight and middleweight. There's no doubt that having a Ukrainian who lives in Germany in control of the division and belts since 2006 has also hurt the interest for American boxing fans.
While the division has lost the star power of the 1970s with Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, or of the 1980s and 1990s with Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, there are still talented heavyweights available to make entertaining fights.
Over the upcoming slides I'll go over many of those names and let you know where they stand currently in the division. One name you won't see is Wladimir Klitschko because, well, we all know the status of his stock. The younger Klitschko is the owner of the second-longest title reign in heavyweight history; you don't need me to tell you that his stock is up; it will be until the day he retires.