Most experts feel that it’s a foregone conclusion in boxing’s heavyweight division– Bigger is better.
The current crop of top heavyweights certainly seems to support that assertion. Boxing’s next big thing, IBF champ Anthony Joshua and former consensus world champ Wladimir Klitschko are put together like physical dynamos and testaments to the efficiency of Muscle Building Supplements.
Overall, the “bigger is better” philosophy has become the prevailing wisdom in the sport. Where there was once a roster of heavyweights at just over six feet tall tipping the scales no higher than 215-220 lbs., there is now one hulking figure after another, over 6 ft. 5 and weighing upwards of 260 lbs.
The sport has been affected by this change. Fights are now fought at a much slower pace, but with a high emphasis on one-punch power generated from these athletes’ raw physical strength.
Because of these changes, it’s unlikely the division will ever see someone again utilizing speed and precision as their primary attributes like Muhammad Ali. Even tough battlers like Joe Louis or Rocky Marciano would have a tough time existing in this day and age, giving up as much as six inches in height and fifty pounds in weight to one opponent after another.
As training technology advances and as the human being just gradually evolves into a bigger, stronger body type, there’s no going back on this “bigger is better” trend in the one division in boxing without a weight limit.
But all is not entirely lost for the smaller, more skilled fighter. Speed, technique, and toughness go a long way in the sport of boxing and, on any given night, those attributes can overcome edges in size and raw power.
Last Saturday’s upset that saw cruiserweight titlist Tony Bellew stop former heavyweight champ David Haye in the eleventh round of their contest in the UK is a testament to the power of sheer tenacity over a bigger, stronger foe. Other examples of this dynamic abound– Evander Holyfield over Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali over George Foreman come immediately to mind. And there’s not a doubt in most minds that a smaller, but supremely skilled heavyweight could, conceivably, come along and execute perfectly to stifle much bigger opponents.
Prevailing wisdom, though, states that those smaller, all-skill dynamos won’t be coming along anytime soon and that, if they did, they wouldn’t last very long in the land of the giants.
So, it’s time to embrace the change and enjoy what the big men bring to the sport. With some added muscles and a well-honed power game, this new age of big men promises more bang for your buck– literally.