The Heavyweight division, just like watching fat camp
By Mark Young: We all remember big fights growing up, the emergence of Mike Tyson, we were reminded of the greats, we even got to watch them make comebacks and win. While I personally blame Don King for systematically stripping all the credibility heavyweight boxing had I can’t blame him for the current farce it has become.
It wasn’t long ago we were watching a fat American guy called “Butterbean” knock out hill billies with mullets in exhibition matches that you would only see on whacky TV shows late at night along with mud truck racing and other strange sports, little did we know that “ole Butterbean” was laying down the blue print for the heavyweight of the future!.
Unlike every other division in boxing the heavyweight division has seen a dramatic decline in professionalism, at one end of the spectrum we have guys insisting on Olympic style drug testing while up at the dessert bar we have 6ft guys weighing in excess of 250lb’s and not a muscle in sight!
The lack of professionalism is there for all to see and it’s a sad indictment of the division when one of the most hyped contenders in the sport comes into the ring against Vitali Kiltschko looking like a contender for the biggest loser, then falls over and busts his own knee because he’s bordering on being classed as clinically obese. The distinct lack of professionalism is there for all to see in every spare tyre the heavyweights squeeze through the ropes.
The next crop of heavyweights clearly can’t motivate themselves either, Tyson Fury is a boy in heavyweight terms and he exudes all the energy of a puff pastry, I am sometimes inclined to think the reason his shorts are pulled up so high is not to protect his stomach, but merely to hide the fact he’s in such poor condition.
I am not impressed that guys whose career requires them to be match fit can’t even manage to stick to a diet and training program that most soccer moms can adhere to while juggling 5 kids. Why should we be expected to pay to watch two guys wheeze around the ring when it’s quite clear most of their training plan revolved around banking on the other guy being even lazier than they are!.
There are a handful of guys in the heavies that look like they’ve trained when it comes to weigh in night, the rest are an embarrassment, I would happily measure their resting heart rates as part of the build up and demand they pay a fine if they are not deemed professional athletes by an independent sports doctor.