Haye vs Fury | Has It Revived the Heavyweight Division?
Some would say that the last great heavyweight champion was Lennox Lewis - But today's champions aren't inferior, just less exciting.
Boxing fans miss the exuberance of Muhammad Ali, the crunching power of George Foreman and the menacing edge that made Mike Tyson the poster boy of boxing from the late 1980s to mid 1990s.
Those fighters were endearing to the public and ultimately evolved from from supremely-skilled fighters to supremely-skilled fighting entertainers who transcended the mainstream and made boxing more interesting and entertaining.
Enter: The Klitschkos
Outside of Germany, Vitali Klitschko and his brother, Wladimir, have failed to capture the public's admiration. Nevertheless, they have been extremely effective and boast very high knockout percentages.
They have been dominant and get knockouts yet their popularity, internationally, pales in comparison to many heavyweight champions of the past.
1. Despite their impressive knockout ratios, they don't have exciting styles and
2. They are overly polite and have no edge
While they are, in some ways, a hardcore fan's dream, they lack any distinguishing traits to transcend their popularity into the mainstream.
Haye vs Fury
David Haye vs Tyson Fury has everyone talking. The black market is selling tickets at ridiculous prices - and people are paying.
Why is this fight so interesting?
Not only are they Top 10 heavyweights, their personalities have gained the attention of the public.
Aside from being an incredibly crowd-pleasing fighter, Davd Haye oozes charisma, confidence and arrogance - Inside and outside the ring.
For example, Haye's match against Chisora last summer garnered interest more than than any Klitschko fight in the last 5 years, sans Wlad's bout with... David Haye, of course.
Even people who wouldn't describe themselves as boxing fans had an interest in the outcome of Haye vs Chisora. And as a result, it was hard to get tickets for that bout which was, incidentally, televised live in the United States. Personality-wise, Tyson Fury has similiar traits to Haye.
In comparison to the Klitschkos and Haye, Fury is somewhat limited skills-wise but knows how to generate buzz outside the ring. It doesn't take a fan of the sport to find his interviews entertaining. Many will watch his fights just to see him lose - But unlike most other heavyweight fights, they will watch his bouts.
What Tyson Fury presumably lacks in skills and experience, he makes up for in entertainment value.Some people are not happy with Haye vs Fury but boxing needs these kinds of fights.
These days, it takes more than just winning to become a superstar.