Heavyweight Division Suffering From Bad Matchups, Not Bad Fighters
Talk about the state of boxing most often lead to negative comments about the heavyweight division.
The common opinion is that the sport's glamor weight class is completely lacking talent, and that the brothers Klitschko rule it more or less by default.
When I look at the current top heavyweights though, I actually see a lot of talented and entertaining boxers.
The problem is, I don't see them fighting each other.
In the Klitschkos (Wladimir: 54-3-0, 48 KO and Vitali: 39-2-0, 37 KO) you have two elite champions.
Don't believe what you hear about them being products of their environment, their combination of size and skill would have given any all-time great heavyweight fits.
As I have written before, having two great champions that won't fight each other creates some match up problems. However, there are reasons beyond brotherly love preventing fans from the heavyweight battles they crave.
Tomasz Adamek (41-1-0, 27 KO) and David Haye (24-1-0, 22 KO) are both entertaining former cruiserweight champions.
Either one has the talent to follow the path of Evander Holyfield and become a great heavyweight.
Problem is, we don't see either one climbing over the other to get a shot at Wlad or Vitali.
Haye spent most of last year fighting the brothers with his mouth. After all the talk, however, he backed out of chances to fight either one and instead nabbed the one heavyweight belt that they don't control.
A new round of talks to set up a Haye-Klitschko showdown, this time with Wladimir, seemed encouraging, but at last look nothing was accomplished.
Adamek has taken a fight with 6'7'' Michael Grant, in hopes of preparing himself for boxing bigger men. Hopefully, this is a serious attempt to get ready for a battle with the Ukrainian giants.
While the size difference (Adamek is 6'1'') would figure to make it an uphill battle for him, he seems genuine in his desire to give it a shot. Let's hope it happens.
All in all, a division with four legit stars can't be called "weak" (quick, name the four most famous super featherweights) as long as those four men get in the ring with each other.
With the Klitschkos getting up in age though, let's hope it happens sooner rather than later.
Unless, of course, a Klitschko-Sosnowski trilogy suits your fancy...
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