I have a question: When if at all will we finally see a quality American heavyweight prospect or contender rise from the ashes of the current division heap of out of shape 40 year olds, retreads, and not as good contenders?
I was on Ring Magazine's website and read an article about the upcoming title eliminator between Tony Thompson and Eddie Chambers. In the article Eddie was talking about how he's the best heavyweight in the world next to Wladimir and Vitali and that he believes he's the only one who can beat Wladimir if he were to get the rematch. I gotta tell you I think David Haye might object to such a claim by "Fast" Eddie. I mean sure Chambers is a good fighter and given his size (6'1, 209lbs) he's the equivalent of a UFC light heavyweight fighting in boxing's heavyweight division so that right there deserves much respect. But honestly does anyone here believe that A: He's better than David Haye or Tomasz Adamek, and B: If given another shot at Wladimir Klitschko the outcome would be any different from what happened in their first fight?
I don't dislike Eddie Chambers, I've just never been a fan of his upside. Now maybe its the dominance of the Klitschkos that make all other heavyweights look pedestrian, or maybe the other heavyweights aren't that good. I'd say its all of the former and a bit of the latter. David Haye, Tomasz Adamek, and Cris Arreola are to most well known and popular heavyweights not name Klitschko, beyond that you have 40 year old Ray Austin who got knocked out by Wladimir, Tony Thompson who used to be Wladimir Klitschko's sparring partner, he's turning 40 and got knocked out by Dr. Steelhammer, and then you have the vastly undersized Eddie Chambers who according to Ringtv.com is considering a run at Cruiserweight in the future.
I guess its a pipe dream longing for the days of Big Daddy Bowe and Evander Holyfield. The era of a Mike Tyson or a Larry Holmes has come to an end. The reign of the Klitschkos ushered in a new phase in the heavyweight division that brought respect and honor outside the ring as both brothers despite what you might think of them as fighters have presented themselves as intelligent honorable champions who have respect for the sport and those who wore the belt in years past. I like the Klitschkos because they understand history and they appreciate the sport for what it was and is, but I want them to lose because as a fight fan who understands marketability and building on the recent comeback of the sport I want to see a heavyweight champion that has all the qualities of the Klitschkos outside the ring, with an exciting style inside the squared circle. Man was Roy Jones ahead of his time when he defeated John Ruiz to win a heavyweight title eight years ago. Eight years too early Roy, eight years too early. Could you imagine 2003 Roy Jones at heavyweight fighting in 2011 against Wladimir Klitschko? Now putting John Ruiz aside, I know everyone pretty much beat John Ruiz and John was never really that good, but imagine if you will the 2003 version of Roy Jones fighting Wladimir now. Do you think he would fare better than previous contenders?