Ben's got a good article on the front page proposing a heavyweight "Super Six" tournament for Showtime. What do you all think?
I think it's interesting, and really an idea that all of the boxing divisions should embrace! Consistency and uniformity is essential to getting the general public interested in boxing again. People really like these tournaments! However, there is an underlining problem, especially with the heavyweights.
The issue is that the heavyweight division sucks today. We have, with maybe a few exceptions a "Primo Canera" bum of the month club. Either that, or fighters who are well past their prime and done their time. (Toney, Rahman....well Rahman was a one-shot wonder when he KO'd Lewis the first time. That's it.) As Ben said, Arreloa has balls, but is extremely limited. You have guys that are either too old, too limited, or nobody gives a fuck. I have to agree with one of the comments that I might be paraphrasing here. They said, "The heavyweight division needs a man, a stand-out, and going through a heavyweight Super Six, while I agree with the principle and spirit of such an idea, it would be very difficult to market such a concept without "The Man" present. In it's current form, the emerging tournament winner would just beat a sad crop of mediocre or has been heavyweights. This is because there is no "Tyson type" dominate fighter in this current division. It worked in 1986-1987 with HBO's heavyweight unification series, because Tyson was in it. And it wasn't so much that people wanted the heavyweight unification series, they wanted to see Tyson kick ass in the heavyweight unification series. Without a current bad-ass in this tournament, it's a moot point in having one, because no one is really going to care who beats whom because there's no bad ass left standing whom the general public wants to see win.
The sad truth is that the overly cautious style of the Klitschko's and their refusal to fight each other, (and even if they did, it would be a 12-round paddy-cake sparring session with one brother refusing to hurt the other) shows what is wrong with the current heavyweight division's sorry state. To make a tournament work for the heavyweights, we don't need the old retreads of limited fighters and old-timers fighting each other. Boxing needs the next dominate bad ass (i.e, the next Tyson) to beat all the guys on Ben's list and culminate this by knocking out both Klitschkos to unite the heavyweight division. Without a dominate force in the heavyweights, and a bad ass to make the public take notice of the heavyweights again, a tournament for heavyweights may be a moot point. Get a destruct and destroy fighter in there, and I think Ben's idea is AWESOME! (As long as the destruct and destroy guy is in the tournament.)