As a long-time fan of boxing that grew up with the likes of Frank Bruno, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis competing for the Heavyweight title, I have been feeling for a long time that boxing at that level nowadays is not anywhere near as good as it was back then.
It’s an interesting topic and while there are many people who would speak favourably about the current crop of boxers out there; one person who seems to share my thoughts is ‘Iron Mike’ Tyson.
Mike Tyson’s Opinion on The State of Heavyweight Boxing And Boxing In General
In a recent Reddit AMA (ask-me-anything) question and answer session he talked about the state of heavyweight boxing. When asked what is opinion was about heavyweight boxing these days, he answered ‘it is not as good as it could be’ and suggested that the blame rests on promoters not signing their fighters for fights they could actually lose. He also felt that because promoters tend to promote the actual individuals rather than the sport, boxing and its fans lose out.
Vladimir Klitchko – Is He Really Any Good?
Another problem with boxing at the moment in my opinion is that I would argue that someone like Vladimir Klitschko, the current and seemingly undefeatable champion, although an amazing fighter, does not have much in the way of competition. That’s not to say he wouldn’t have done well in Lennox Lewi s and Iron Mike’s era, but it would be harder for him to keep winning if there was stronger competition.
Is The Future Bright For British Heavyweight Boxing?
In my opinion, now is as good a time as any for someone to break through from Britain to become the next heavyweight champion. Although many of them are not as household name-material as David Haye(who may be heading back to the ring sometime soon it seems), the likes of Tyson Fury, David Price and Dereck Chisora all have a good chance of doing something special. Though only time will tell if this happens before or after Klitschko hangs up his gloves and retires.
Anthony Joshua – Britain’s Best Hope for Heavyweight Glory
One name to really look out for I think is Anthony Joshua, whom you might remember from the Olympics were he won Gold for the Team GB. He recently put on a dominant display when he took on the tough veteran Denis Bakhtov and made it look like a walk in the park.
He is the one out of all of them who stands the best chance of bringing in a new age of British heavyweight boxing. However, I think the biggest problem (as it is with any sport that suffers any sort of decline) is that not enough people are getting into boxing as youngsters and are choosing to try other sports.
Not even after the success of the London Olympics, with Joshua and female Team GB gold medallist Nicola Adams wowing audiences around the globe seems to have been enough to get kids into boxing gyms and clubs.
Apart from that the last time I really got excited about British boxing was when David Haye took on the behemoth monster of a man that is Nikolai Valuev in the David and Goliath matchup. I just hope that is not the last time I get excited about boxing!