In Search of…Heavyweight Boxers

I'm not asking for Muhammad Ali. Don't want Mike Tyson. Not even Evander Holyfield, old Holyfield, and not old Holyfield. I'll take the days when Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis, Shannon Briggs, Oliver McCall, Ray Mercer and Andrew Golota were on their way up the ranks compared to this nonsense we have now. The two best heavyweights in the world won't fight each other because they happen to share DNA (Wladimer and Vitaly Klitschko) so we're forced to watch walking F'bomb Chris Aerreola on HBO every few months because the division is so irrelevant right now.

The combination of skill, speed and charm has always made the boxers in the lighter divisions stars, but the brute power and Goliath aura has made heavyweights seems larger than life over the years and that's a part of the sport that is sorely missed right now and has fans defecting to the gladiator-like appeal of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. With the current crop of "contenders", Holyfield is able to stick around and make some extra change to pay the IRS and even become a champion again at age 47. As a matter of fact, I do need Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, I need Joe Louis and Joe Frazier, hell I'd take Rocky Balboa at this point!

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