Making Sense of Boxing’s Muddled Heavyweight Division

These days, there’s a fairly good chance if you ask a random stranger on the street who the current heavyweight champion of the world is, that the poor soul, caught unaware by your casual candor, will simply stare back at you in a state of quizzical bewilderment.

That, or if the person is under the age of 30, he or she might simply offer you the name of a mixed martial artist.

At one point in time, everyone knew the name of boxing’s heavyweight champion. The honors bestowed upon those wearing the crown, the likes of Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield, rivaled those of the world’s most glamorous sporting celebrities.

But today?

Boxing’s heavyweight championship doesn’t hold the same amount of swagger. Perhaps Wladimir Klitschko’s long reign as champion, coupled with a dearth of talent from this side of the planet, was just too much to overcome. Or maybe there just wasn’t enough action.

Or maybe we’re being impatient.

Whatever the case, changes are afoot in boxing’s glamour division, and Bleacher Report is here to help make sense of it all.



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