Boxing: Red hot heavyweight division already second most intriguing weight class?Written by Leroy Cleveland
There's no question boxing's welterweight division is the most interesting, most talented weight class in the sport.
Who campaigns at welterweight?
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Try Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, Tim Bradley, Keith Thurman, Robert Guerrero, Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Shawn Porter, Brandon Rios and (soon) Danny Garcia to name a few.
Today's crop of welterweights may be the best 147 lb class in the history of the sport. When has the division ever been so deep?
If the welterweight division is boxing's most exciting weight class which is second?
Can a strong argument be made for the heavyweight division, once the most glamorous weight class in boxing? There's nothing like the big guys 'throwing down' and some are confident boxing's big boys are about to experience a renaissance of sorts.
Several years ago, many fight fans couldn't name an active heavyweight outside of the Klitschko Brothers and David Haye.
How things have changed?
Not only is the division getting deep, it boasts some interesting personalities as well. Today's heavyweight division has some swagger on top of skill and power.
Record: 64-3-0 (53 KOs)
The long-reigning lineal world champion, Klitschko is already being touted as an all-time great. And at 39, he shows no signs of slowing.
Record: 29-1-0 (21 KOs)
Easily one of the most decorated amateur heavyweights ever; Has only lost to Klitschko in what became a messy, mauling affair.
Record: 33-0-0 (32 KOs)
Boisterous 6'7" WBC title-holder has a 97 percent knockout ratio. Enough said
Record: 24-0-0 (18 KOs)
Perhaps the most colorful, controversial fighter in the sport, Fury is 6'10" but moves like an NBA guard. (OK, maybe that's an exaggeration but you get the point)
Record: 20-1-0 (11 KOs)
Only loss is to Klitschko; He's big, strong, fast and has all of the tools to be a champion
Record: 40-5-0 (27 KOs)
At 43, the no nonsense 'Tiger' has made a living (literally) playing spoiler the last few years, derailing hot prospects time and after time. Is Anthony Joshua next?
Record: 13-0-0 (13 KOs)
The hottest prospect in boxing? Maybe. Some insist this 25 year old, a 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, will have a title, if not several, in the next 16 months.
Honorable mentions: Shannon Briggs, Bermane Stiverne, Chris Arreola, Vyacheslav Glazkov and Antonio Tarver
“As the heavyweights go, so goes boxing,” legendary fight promoter Don King told ESPN a few years ago.
"The Heavyweights truly set the tone for the sport."
Is boxing about to experience a major upheaval?