No-one wants to pay for a superfight that isn't super
Boxing is still feeling the damage caused by two David Haye fights — the farce against Audley Harrison and then his heavy beating by Wladimir Klitschko.
Pay-per-view is on its knees. Who wants to pay for a superfight that isn’t super?
There are good fighters around at lighter weights as Jeff Powell writes about, but the heavyweight division is in meltdown. It is at the top of the boxing pyramid and the fight game needs a healthy heavyweight scene.
Damage done: David Haye beats British rival Audley Harrison in Manchester. Harrison was on the canvas in the third round (below)
The Americans have switched off. They are not interested in the robotic power of the Klitschkos, who are dismissed as the best of a bad bunch.
It’s harsh, because both are good fighters, disciplined at what they do in getting behind their jabs and controlling the ring. There is a lack of excitement when you watch either of them fight, though.
Falling down: Haye is beaten by Wladimir Klitschko on points
Would you really arrange your weekend around a Klitschko fight?
Boxing goes through peaks and troughs, it’s true. Right now it is crying out for a new champion, a dazzling heavyweight who will reignite interest and restore credibility.
We all hoped Haye would be that fighter. Now comes the typical talk of a comeback, a chance that exists only because the cupboard is so bare.
Who next? The Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali, hold all the belts, who can take them away?
We are all seeking the next 'big' thing; a blue-eyed, blond haired 6ft 5in powerhouse. I can send directions to my gym in south London if you know somebody.
There is a title to be won and money to be earned.
By Clinton Mckenzie
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