Usyk Breaks The Myth Of The Supersized Heavyweight

By: Sean Crose I remember hearing repeatedly that heavyweights of the past, no matter how great or dominant, simply could not hold up against today's supersized heavies. I recall wondering if the theory of bigger means better was actually true when the supersized, and very skilled, heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko battled Bryant Jennings in 2015. Klitschko certainly got the better of his opponent that night, but I asked myself how well the towering Ukraine would have done against a prime Mike Tyson. I couldn't help conclude that Iron Mike would have been able to get in on his man. The same question of size equaling dominance had popped into my head way back in 2013, as well, when Tyson Fury got dropped hard by the much smaller Steve Cunningham. No matter. The relentless drum beat thumped along for years... Ali, Foreman, Holmes, Louis, and who knows how many others simply couldn't best guys like Klitschko, Anthony Joshua, Fury, Deontay Wilder, and the rest of the supersized gang due to all the inches and pounds they'd have had to give up in order to face these modern day titans. Then came last Saturday's heavyweight throwdown in England and the voices suddenly fell silent. That's when traditionally sized former cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk soundly defeated Joshua in gloved combat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Could "Gentleman Jim" have competed against today's heavies? Joshua, who was defending his WBC, WBA, and IBF heavyweight tiles, certainly didn't fight poorly. Yet he didn't fight well enough. Usyk, simply put, was able to get inside on his man and land - not just land, really, but land effectively. So much for the belief that a large man with skill bests a smaller man with skill. Ultimately, it seems, skill level in and of itself still holds the trump card - or at least it can. Just because bigger fighters can box effectively in a way they historically and generally couldn't (think Jess Willard, Primo Canera, etc...) doesn't mean they have the market cornered at heavyweight in the here and now. Indeed, it's Usyk - who stands under 6'4 - who now holds the majority of the division's titles. Of course none of this means that a 175 pound former heavyweight champion like Jim Corbett could stand much of a chance against a Deontay Wilder. What it means, however, is that super sized heavyweights are not always guaranteed to control the division. The days of some (let's face it, not everyone has believed the supersized theory) declaring any current or former heavyweight under six and a half feet tall is persona non grata is over - at least for the time being. And that's not a bad thing. The post Usyk Breaks The Myth Of The Supersized Heavyweight appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Usyk Breaks The Myth Of The Supersized Heavyweight

By: Sean Crose

I remember hearing repeatedly that heavyweights of the past, no matter how great or dominant, simply could not hold up against today's supersized heavies. I recall wondering if the theory of bigger means better was actually true when the supersized, and very skilled, heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko battled Bryant Jennings in 2015. Klitschko certainly got the better of his opponent that night, but I asked myself how well the towering Ukraine would have done against a prime Mike Tyson. I couldn't help conclude that Iron Mike would have been able to get in on his man.

The same question of size equaling dominance had popped into my head way back in 2013, as well, when Tyson Fury got dropped hard by the much smaller Steve Cunningham. No matter. The relentless drum beat thumped along for years... Ali, Foreman, Holmes, Louis, and who knows how many others simply couldn't best guys like Klitschko, Anthony Joshua, Fury, Deontay Wilder, and the rest of the supersized gang due to all the inches and pounds they'd have had to give up in order to face these modern day titans. Then came last Saturday's heavyweight throwdown in England and the voices suddenly fell silent. That's when traditionally sized former cruiserweight kingpin Oleksandr Usyk soundly defeated Joshua in gloved combat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Could "Gentleman Jim" have competed against today's heavies?

Joshua, who was defending his WBC, WBA, and IBF heavyweight tiles, certainly didn't fight poorly. Yet he didn't fight well enough. Usyk, simply put, was able to get inside on his man and land - not just land, really, but land effectively. So much for the belief that a large man with skill bests a smaller man with skill. Ultimately, it seems, skill level in and of itself still holds the trump card - or at least it can. Just because bigger fighters can box effectively in a way they historically and generally couldn't (think Jess Willard, Primo Canera, etc...) doesn't mean they have the market cornered at heavyweight in the here and now. Indeed, it's Usyk - who stands under 6'4 - who now holds the majority of the division's titles.

Of course none of this means that a 175 pound former heavyweight champion like Jim Corbett could stand much of a chance against a Deontay Wilder. What it means, however, is that super sized heavyweights are not always guaranteed to control the division. The days of some (let's face it, not everyone has believed the supersized theory) declaring any current or former heavyweight under six and a half feet tall is persona non grata is over - at least for the time being. And that's not a bad thing.

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Gabe Rosado Vs. Jaime Munguia Set For November 13th Clash

By: Hans Themistode

Jaime Munguia had his pick of two noteworthy fighters.

The former WBO 154 pound titlist was recently ordered to engage in negotiations with Sergiy Derevyanchenko for a WBC title eliminator. Instead of taking on the former multiple-time title challenger, Munguia has opted to take on fringe contender Gabe Rosado.

The two will now officially face off on November 13th, at a yet to be determined venue. All along, both parties saw the writing on the wall.

On June 19th, at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, Munguia headlined a card against journeymen Kamil Szeremeta. Just as many were expecting, Munguia easily ran through his man, scoring the sixth-round stoppage win.

Playing chief support in the co-main event on the night was Rosado. The Philadelphia product was pegged as a significant underdog in his matchup against the highly touted Bektemir Melikuziev. After hitting the canvas in the opening round, Rosado completely turned things around in the third, landing a picture-perfect overhand right which saw Melikuziev remain unconscious well after the formal ten count.

Following each man’s respective victories, the two were spotted chatting and appeared both ready, willing, and able to face each other next.

According to Oscar De La Hoya, Munguia’s promoter and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, a matchup between his young star and the veteran contender will be nothing short of a violent night of fights.

“This fight will be full of non-stop action,” said De La Hoya. “It will be a war that fight fans will enjoy and a new exciting chapter in the classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico boxing rivalry. Both fighters are coming off of spectacular performances and knock-out victories that showed their power, speed, and resilience. This is truly a 'Fight of the Year' contender, a fight that fans will remember for years to come.”

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