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Holyfield: Klitschko Brothers Hurt Division, Now It's Coming Back

By Miguel Rivera

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield does not believe that the heavyweight division has ceased to be the main attraction of the sport of boxing, but he does acknowledge that one of the reasons why it stopped being so is due to two characters, brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.

He says the Klitschko brothers made the division less attractive and most fans focused their attention on the lower weight divisions.

"The heavy weight division changed because of the Klitschkos. The judges had to score hugging sessions instead of fights. You go in there to throw punches, but at one point the fights were just hugs. When I faced Mike Tyson you knew that you were going to throw punches, but you also knew that you were going receive, and when I threw punches at you, you knew what you had to do - to avoid that punch and respond, you took advantage of those opportunities," said Holyfield.

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With 20 world championship fights, Evander became one of the aces of the heavyweight division with bouts against Chris Byrd, Hasim Rahman, John Ruiz, Lennox Lewis, Michael Moorer, Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, Larry Holmes, James Douglas and George Foreman.

Holyfield says the Klitschko brothers were able to get away with their style of fighting for so many years and it damaged the division until they were both retired.

But Holyfield has high hopes for the division's future, because things are now in an upswing with fighters like Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker, Luis Ortiz, Dillian Whyte, Joe Joyce, David Haye, Tony Bellew, Daniel Dubois, and several others.

"I do not understand how those fighters who used to tie up their opponents won the fights, they won without throwing punches, because you had to use your skills more often. This division has lost interest because of the lack of action, but good things are coming coming," said Holyfield.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 11-05-2017

[QUOTE=A.K;18182606] They just held titles hostage in Germany[/QUOTE] That is a lie. Vitali destroyed Arreola in Los Angeles, Vladimir fought Jennings in New York.

Comment by dirty fingers on 11-05-2017

They hurt the division with their fists, Moldyfield.

Comment by Hond on 11-05-2017

True. If Fury was still in the game, we'd have an amazing division. Wilder and AJ are pretty good though. It's just that there ain't much left once these two fight each other. I guess they beat everybody else, fine,…

Comment by DanHouser on 11-05-2017

Same as the old Mayweather ran argument, Boxers do what they need to do to win, they are not there to entertain & leave themselves open to be KO'd for entertainment, it's not the Klitschko brothers fault that so many…

Comment by Death_Adder on 11-04-2017

[QUOTE=A.K;18182512]They refused to fight each other and took the titles hostage in Germany, now the titles are spread everywhere and no one wants to leave their turf.[/QUOTE] Who refused to fight each other? The Klitschkos? Are you and everyone that…

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