pictured: undefeated Finnish heavyweight Robert Helenius He remains undefeated in the professional ring, with a knock-out percentage of 61.
(7/22/10) Two recent events represent the sad state of boxing in 2010. The Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight could be the biggest boxing event since perhaps the Holyfield-Tyson rematch of 1997. Both men are among the best fighters of their generation and the winner would certainly be considered among the best boxers of all time. But the match has again failed to be made, primarily due to the outrageous demands of the Mayweather camp.
While the failure to make the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout impacts all boxing fans, another recent decision involves our fighters. The Klitschko brothers have been dropped by the management of HBO boxing. Wladimir’s September bout with Alexander Povetkin and Vitaly’s scheduled fight with Shannon Briggs will not be covered by the network that has recently given us such duds as Lacy-Taylor, Dawson-Tarver II and Berto-Urango.
The Klitschko brothers are the dominant heavyweights of this era and most of their fights end by knockout. HBO executives complain that the brothers are not exciting, but how exciting are Andre Berto and Chad Dawson, two black fighters currently being pushed by HBO? For that matter, how exciting was Lennox Lewis, the dominant heavyweight of the 1990s whose fights were always shown by HBO?
Hopefully, Showtime will step in and offer the American public the chance to view two of the most dominant heavyweights of all time.
But not all the boxing news of 2010 has been negative. Whites currently hold 13 of the 20 belts from middleweight to heavyweight and 17 of the 28 belts from welterweight to heavyweight. Plus, there are several caste matches on tap which should increase the ranks of white champions by the end of the year.