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The Heavyweight division needs a hero

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🕒 Last Updated: 25/03/19 19:00pm
[eltd_custom_font font_size=”17″ font_style=”Normal” font_weight=”500″ text_transform=”None” text_align=”left” content_custom_font=”Left to right: Eddie Hearn, Shelly Finkel, Don King, Mauricio Sulaiman, Bob Arum & Frank Warren”]

The Heavyweight division has always been the flag bearer for the sport which celebrates some of the greatest fighters in history.  So where did it all go wrong?

 

Hardcore British boxing fans in their thirties and beyond will distinctly remember the good old days. The days when boxing was a sport that was accessible to all, so long as you had a TV and of course a TV license. Channel 5 wasn’t even born yet and sports fans actually thought the BBC was value for money! ITV were also in full support of boxing during the nineties.

 

Memories of Don Kings ridiculous hair style and unlit cigar while announcing his heavyweight match ups was always met with fan approval. The fighters themselves would never get paid what they were worth or sometimes not at all but did we care? No, we just wanted the big fights, the best versus the best and value for money.

[eltd_custom_font font_size=”17″ font_style=”Normal” font_weight=”500″ text_transform=”None” text_align=”left” content_custom_font=”Don King poses with Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis ahead of their heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas.”]

For those who don’t know Donald King (87) is an American boxing promoter known for his involvement in historic boxing matchups, particularly in the heavyweight division. He has been a controversial figure, partly due to a manslaughter conviction (later pardoned) and civil cases against him.

 

King’s career highlights include, promoting “The Rumble in the Jungle” (George Foreman vs Muhammad Ali) and the “Thrilla in Manila” (Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier).

 

King also promoted some of the most prominent names in the 80s and 90s era such as George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr. and Marco Antonio Barrera. Some of these boxers sued him for allegedly defrauding them. Most of the lawsuits were settled out of court.

[eltd_custom_font font_size=”17″ font_style=”Normal” font_weight=”500″ text_transform=”None” text_align=”left” content_custom_font=”Don King poses with heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and challenger Mike Tyson before their 1997 rematch.”]

Despite all the controversy surrounding Don King, his appetite for domination was what always brought the best fighters together. There were no rival promoters who would play tough guy over social media or boxers who would deliberately price themselves out of a deal. If the price was right they would make the fight.

 

As for todays current crop of heavyweights, Anthony Joshua is fighting some fat guy called Jarrell Miller, Deontay Wilder is fighting Anthony Joshua’s left overs in Dominic Breazeale, Tyson Fury is fighting a German Uber driver by the name of Tom Schwarz and Dillian Whyte is fighting no one despite being ranked #1 with the WBC for several years. However, the most sickening part to all of this madness has to be the fact that there will be no immediate rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury after their controversial draw in December 2018.

We all clearly remember Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield wasting no time in settling the score after their controversial draw back in November 1999 dubbed “Unfinished Business”. Therefore it seems evident that todays promoters/fighters are only in it for the money, whilst their predecessors were in it for their legacy.

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[eltd_custom_font font_size=”17″ font_style=”Normal” font_weight=”500″ text_transform=”None” text_align=”left” content_custom_font=”Left to right: Eddie Hearn, Shelly Finkel, Don King, Mauricio Sulaiman, Bob Arum & Frank Warren”]

The Heavyweight division has always been the flag bearer for the sport which celebrates some of the greatest fighters in history.  So where did it all go wrong?

 

Hardcore British boxing fans in their thirties and beyond will distinctly remember the good old days. The days when boxing was a sport that was accessible to all, so long as you had a TV and of course a TV license. Channel 5 wasn’t even born yet and sports fans actually thought the BBC was value for money! ITV were also in full support of boxing during the nineties.

 

Memories of Don Kings ridiculous hair style and unlit cigar while announcing his heavyweight match ups was always met with fan approval. The fighters themselves would never get paid what they were worth or sometimes not at all but did we care? No, we just wanted the big fights, the best versus the best and value for money.

[eltd_custom_font font_size=”17″ font_style=”Normal” font_weight=”500″ text_transform=”None” text_align=”left” content_custom_font=”Don King poses with Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis ahead of their heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas.”]

For those who don’t know Donald King (87) is an American boxing promoter known for his involvement in historic boxing matchups, particularly in the heavyweight division. He has been a controversial figure, partly due to a manslaughter conviction (later pardoned) and civil cases against him.

 

King’s career highlights include, promoting “The Rumble in the Jungle” (George Foreman vs Muhammad Ali) and the “Thrilla in Manila” (Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier).

 

King also promoted some of the most prominent names in the 80s and 90s era such as George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio César Chávez, Ricardo Mayorga, Andrew Golota, Bernard Hopkins, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr. and Marco Antonio Barrera. Some of these boxers sued him for allegedly defrauding them. Most of the lawsuits were settled out of court.

[eltd_custom_font font_size=”17″ font_style=”Normal” font_weight=”500″ text_transform=”None” text_align=”left” content_custom_font=”Don King poses with heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and challenger Mike Tyson before their 1997 rematch.”]

Despite all the controversy surrounding Don King, his appetite for domination was what always brought the best fighters together. There were no rival promoters who would play tough guy over social media or boxers who would deliberately price themselves out of a deal. If the price was right they would make the fight.

 

As for todays current crop of heavyweights, Anthony Joshua is fighting some fat guy called Jarrell Miller, Deontay Wilder is fighting Anthony Joshua’s left overs in Dominic Breazeale, Tyson Fury is fighting a German Uber driver by the name of Tom Schwarz and Dillian Whyte is fighting no one despite being ranked #1 with the WBC for several years. However, the most sickening part to all of this madness has to be the fact that there will be no immediate rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury after their controversial draw in December 2018.

We all clearly remember Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield wasting no time in settling the score after their controversial draw back in November 1999 dubbed “Unfinished Business”. Therefore it seems evident evident that todays promoters/fighters are only in it for the money, whilst their predecessors were in it for their legacy.

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