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Boxing: Heavyweight Division Still Relevant Today?

Klitschko vs. Haye? Swing and a miss.
Klitschko vs. Haye? Swing and a miss.Scott Heavey/Getty Images
Aris TheotokatosCorrespondent IJuly 22, 2011

My girlfriend had never watched a boxing match before, but even she could tell that the Heavyweight unification fight between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye was, well, lame.

"Aren't they supposed to be hitting each other?"

I felt embarrassed.

Like it was MY manhood being questioned.      

Then she came in for the kill.  "I've had pillow fights more violent than this boxing match."

And she was right. I couldn't believe I sat through the whole fight, round after round, praying that the action would pick up. That haymakers would connect, eyes would swell shut, gashes would open up and bodies would be knocked to the canvas.  

None of that came close to happening. It was a Klitschko fight, after all.   

I'm fairly certain that Haye didn't even land a punch during the second half of the match. The fight was such a joke that I couldn't decide whether to tag this article "opinion" or "humor."  

Actually, it's not even a joke because jokes at least have punchlines. This fight had none.

I'm not old enough to reminisce about how great heavyweight boxing used to be, so this flop isn't as big a deal to me as it is to older boxing fans. My dream boxing match is between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.  

Experts keep talking about a fight that could save boxing, and this could very well be that fight. In a last ditch effort to salvage my girlfriend's perception of boxing, I tried to explain to her the magnitude of this brawl. How it would essentially be "The Best" vs. "The Best." 

No two fighters carry as big of a following as these two combined. I don't usually order pay-per-view boxing matches, but I would pause my life and put all other priorities on hold just to watch the HBO 24/7.  

But my girlfriend doesn't understand or care about any of that. And after watching the Klitschko/Haye unification bout, I don't blame her. If that was my only reference to how exciting boxing could get, I'd rather watch grass grow.

So where does heavyweight boxing go from here?

The brutal truth is that there's not a single fight that would even remotely interest me at this point.  

What if the Klitschko brothers agreed to go blow for blow? Or rather, jab for jab? Defense for defense? Boring for boring for even more boring. 

"Aren't they supposed to be hitting each other?" 

Yes, that's exactly what they're supposed to be doing. 

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