Someone wrote an article defending today's heavyweights. I think its laughable. What do you guys think?
Stop Hating Today's Heavyweights
The writer stated:
"Athletes tend to represent the vanguard of the physical evolution of the human race, with ever-increasing size, strength, speed, and motor capabilities. Nowhere is this progression more evident than in the modern Heavyweight division. At 6'6" and 240+ pounds, Wladimir Klitschko would have dwarfed most of the great champions of the 20 th Century. Today, he's not even the largest of the Heavyweight title holders.
The new breed of "Dreadnaught" fighters like 7'0" 320+ pound Nikolai Valuev makes it almost astonishing to recall that the legendary Rocky Marciano ruled the division standing all of 5'11" and 184 pounds. There is no question that as a whole, today's Heavyweights step into the ring with physical advantages that place them at a more advanced level than those of previous generations."
I dont agree. I think there is a plateau where bigger isnt better. Valuev is a good example. He may be 7 foot tall and weigh 325 pounds but he does not hit as hard as a 220 pound in his prime George Foreman. He doesnt hit as hard as a 216 pound in his prime Mike Tyson or a 202 pound Joe Louis. Valuev doesnt hit very good at all with his right. The main thing he has is a left jab.
IMHO Valuev is just an even bigger version of Primo Carnera, big, posseses size, strength, a good left jab, but lacks a real shock punch.
Wad Klitschko has skills and power, but his chin is definately suspect.
Samuel Peter is just plain green.
Shannon Briggs who really lost to a 48 year old Foreman in the ring (but received an unjust decision) 9 years ago beat one of the new Russian stars Liakhovich in a bout where neither was impressive.
The divison very much reminds of the early 1930's before Joe Louis. Except today there are no Jack Blackburn's around to develop young talent. That is if any decide to actually take up boxing.