Do boxing fans also prefer watching heavyweights?

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  1. stuff jones

    stuff jones Purple Belt

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    I know the general public seems to prefer watching heavyweights because of the spectacle of watching two huge men maul each other. However in my opinion its generally less talented boxers who fight at heavyweight and consequently not as enjoyable for actual boxing fans. Last night was an example. Those are two of the best heavyweights but if they were welterweights with their skill (and stamina) level, no one would have heard of them.

    I think the main reason that heavyweights are less talented boxers is there simply fewer natural 240 pound men in the world so there are fewer with natural boxing talent. And because there's so little talent, there's not that much competition and so less need to polish your craft.
     
  2. wowspare

    wowspare Brown Belt

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    A ton of boxers that are born with naturally-gifted KO power tend to decline technically, because they rely on their power too much. It's happening with Golovkin right now
     
  3. Aikidoka

    Aikidoka Chief Troublemaker Double Yellow Card

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    That is very correct. They seem to think they can knock the guy's head off.
     
  4. Fluffernutter

    Fluffernutter Red Belt

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    I tend to watch heavyweights because I know that there is no difference between the person/weightclass from the time they weigh in to the time they fight.

    A heavyweight is a heavyweight is a heavyweight.

    A junior welterweight title fight, however, would be contested between a welterweight and a super middleweight come fight time.
     
  5. swole420

    swole420 Green Belt

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    I prefer whatever weight class is the most interesting at the moment. The weight classes around welterweight has been most popular the last couple of years I think, with a bunch of great boxers and before that it was the weight classes around featherweight. Right now light heavyweight is very interesting. Heavyweight has b
     
  6. Mikedh

    Mikedh Silver Belt

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    The heavier weight classes are not priemere in the USA. For your fan that watches HBO, Showtime and PPV, HWs are rarely featured, CWs never and there are only a few lHWs even.
     
  7. cocksure

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    HW is simply not an optimum size for mobility and stamina.
    When a HW with these attributes comes along(Ali - Tyson)they become a phenom.
    We all tune in for the big KOs but more often than not leave less than satisfied.
     
  8. venivedivici

    venivedivici Brown Belt

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    I love watching heavyweights. I'll watch 2 fat slobs on an undercard, IDC.
     
  9. Crimson Glory

    Crimson Glory Go Pack Go!

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    I prefer the smaller guys. LHW is generally my limit. I find at that weight and below the guys are more skilled.
     
  10. The Batkilt

    The Batkilt Banned Banned

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    So you're to blame for Chris Arreola.
     
  11. ironfist05

    ironfist05 Silver Belt

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    I don't like a lot of the unskilled, slow, plodding HWs, but a good HW bout, like the Bowe/Holyfield trilogy is always good to watch.

    what you forget is that a lot of the old HWs are closer to CWs in weight, so they were more mobile and faster.
     
  12. JayElectra

    JayElectra Paper Belt Banned

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    There are plenty of great HW fights in the sport's history. There haven't been very many in recent years, though. Takam/Povetkin a couple of months ago was good.
     
  13. ironfist05

    ironfist05 Silver Belt

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    I understand some of the criticisms Wlad takes (though I'm a fan), but Vitali always put on pretty good fights. Adamek also was pretty entertaining IMO.
     
  14. venivedivici

    venivedivici Brown Belt

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    I would buy ever fight he is in
     
  15. prontostar

    prontostar Gymmy TUNDAH!

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    john ruiz would smoke nipples
     
  16. wilddeuces

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    It kind of bell curves for me along the weight classes. Heavyweights and cruisers dont appeal to me as much as the weight classes in the middle. The lightest couple of weight classes I simply don't much knowlesge about.
     
  17. windkick

    windkick Flying Toe Hold.

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    Rather watch 2 little guys like Barrera and Morales throw down over 2 heavy weights any day of the week.
     
  18. Demetrious

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    In boxing or MMA, I wonder if favorite division of most of the fans still is heavyweight.
     
  19. The Batkilt

    The Batkilt Banned Banned

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    I wouldn't open my curtains if he was fighting outside.
     
  20. ebe9

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    Nah, can't stand to see a couple of fat dudes no taller than me go at it. I much prefer my beloved sport of boxing with great speed and skill.
     

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