The state of heavyweight boxing is
at an all-time low. There are only four heavyweights that readily spring to
mind even with the most ardent of fans like me; the Klitschko brothers Vitali and
Wladimir, David Haye and Nikolai Valuev. The rest are barely worth mentioning.
Even Cayman’s own Nikolai, 190lbs of Mr Hill, the sports radio presenter, would
fancy his chances against the also-rans.
No wonder HBO Boxing has pulled out
of covering heavyweight fights for time being. The division needs some
injection of excitement and plenty of heavyweights who actually look like
athletes and not contestants for a pizza eating competition.
James ‘Lights Out’ Toney looks like
a sumo wrestler in the wrong sport having eaten his way out of the
middleweights into the heavies. He is making the grave mistake of moving into
the mixed martial arts world thinking he can be anything but a source of
amusement and big boxing name that can boost UFC’s profile.
Toney soon takes on the still
extremely dangerous Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture who even at 47 boasts a
chiselled physique and is only slightly over the hill.
Toney’s chances are slim and none.
And slim just left town.
Meanwhile, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather
has stalled for so long on sealing a match with Manny Pacquiao in November that
the Pacman is looking for other opponents. This is the only fight the boxing
public is gagging for. They might have to wait until next year. Or it may never
happen. No wonder boxing is in severe decline.