Genties and ladlemen, I'm gonna make a statement which will cause groans from old time fight fans. Well, hell, I'll be hitting the half century mark at my next birthday, so maybe I'M an "old fight fan," but I speak truly, insofar as I can tell:
We need more weight divisions.
Yeah, yeah, I know, we've got the Junior's, and the Supers, and the Lights, and the Menthols (wait, sorry, mixing cigarettes and boxing, bad idea), we've even got Cruisers (does this mean we need Destroyers, Carriers, hell why not a Frigate division?) okay, but offestly honester... it's about the big guys. You know, those boxing ballerinas who are the massiest.
The Crusierweight division was a good idea, too bad they can't produce a top notch fighter. (Well, okay, they gave us Holyfield.) But semi seriously, it used to be some poor schlept eats an extra pastrami on rye, goes a few ounces over 175, and suddenly he'd be facing the monsters of the squared circle. Not that the light heavy division is historically full of patsies, but even Bob Foster didn't exactly set the heavuweight division on fire when he stepped up, y'know? Punches that laid out light heavies may have hurt the big guys but didn't put them down.
Hey, how many light heavies have won THE TITLE? Fellow named Spinks? Of course, way back when, some guy named Fitzsimmons pulled off the admirable trick of winning the heavyweight crown after being a middleweight. Later he won the light heavy championship. Ahem. I think Fitz might have been reincarnated as Tommy Hearns, what do you think?
But again... the Cruisers were a good idea, but boxing hasn't taken the idea far enough. There's still a chance that some fella might wander in at 196 lbs and a shilling or two and be facing some ohmygod giant of 250 plus. Tisn't sporting, no precious!
So I think we should have more divisions. How about Cruisers going from 176 to 190, and then 191 pounds up to 210, say, as the "heavyweights"? Then, 221 to 240 or whatever the Olympics have it, as the "super heavyweights." Anything over that? Well... the "Open" class? Or maybe call it the ohcripesyou'vegottobe- kidding class?
I mean, isn't there just something inherently wrong with the term "small heavyweight"? Doesn't it imply some measure of inequality? And hey, boxing may be a damned rough sport, and we wouldn't have it any other way... but the very fact that weight divisions were created, not to mention the rules under which our warriors toil, implies a strong belief in a fair fight. And somehow, a guy weighing in at 200 pounds or less vs. some 240 plus pounder just ain't a fair fight. Well, okay, Dempsey vs. Willard wasn't really a fair fight, not when you consider what happened, but you know what I mean.
Or, hell, just have 5 pound divisions from 100 lbs. up to 150, then 10 pound divisions up to 200, then 15 or 20 pounds per class thereafter.
Just my two centavos for the day.