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Originally Posted by joe strong
i think the division has improved the last few years. the US is bigger then most of europe combined. There is no doubt the division is doing well in europe but i'm sorry but a fight in front of 20000 people at madison square gardens is 10 times bigger then any event with 60000 in europe. the vitali\charr fight 15000 people with half the tickets given away...tyson\mcneely biggest gate in history of heavyweight boxing. the heavyweight division lost it's luster the minute lennox lewis retired. lennox didn't fight charr, sosnowski, gomez, mormecks, etc...he gave voluntaries to legit top 10 heavyweights, he would vacate a world title if they wanted him to fight akinwande a second time, he vacated instead of fighting mandatories that brought him no money. the heavyweight division is still the only division i really follow & after almost 23 years of following the division it is by far at it's worst. guys like rahman & briggs wouldn't be getting title shots if the division was stronger. the klitschkos are too far ahead of the rest of the class for anyone to really challenge them. the top guys in my eyes other then the klitschko's are pulev, haye & helenius & a whole lot of unproven prospects with padded records.
i'll add that joe's knowledge of HW boxing rivals that of anybody on these boards.