QUOTE (sweetchuck @ Sep 2 2010, 01:05 PM)
Povetkin demanded the Olympic type testing that Klitschko refused then got sick or injured after signing for the fight with Wladimir so they dropped him from the ratings after winning a tournament to become number one contender.
James Toney and Evander Holyfield aren't near top ten. Really who has Toney beaten at heavyweight in a long time? Peter's looking in good shape, I hope he can finally pull off the big win.
Povetkin bailed from the fight because Teddy Atlas told him to...simple as that. The guy just isn't ready for the Klits and Teddy did the right thing.
As for Toney and Holyfield...hell, what has ANY heavyweight done to be near top ten? I mean, Sam Peter? What the hell has he done? Wins over Nagy Aguilera, Gabe Brown, Ronald Bellamy, and Marcus McGee following 2 back-to-back losses? You mean to tell me that's all it takes to get a title shot these day? Heck, if that's the case, a win over Aguilera next month should catapult Antonio Tarver to #1 contender status. I mean, what the heck has the undefeated Denis Boytsov done to deserve his lofty #4/5 position with all the organizations? Who? Denis Boytsov! Yeah...some of you probably don't even know who he is, let alone who he's fought, but if you take a quick glance at his record (27-0, 22KOs
), the only names you'll recognize right from jump are Jason Gavern and Vinny Madalone. Don't get me wrong...maybe he's got the goods...maybe he doesn't....but you're not going to know just by looking at his record. I guess my point is...why doesn't James Toney and Evander Holyfield deserve to be near the top ten? Who are they getting blown out by? The reason why these "old names" aren't going away is because these young names can barely beat them. David Haye didn't beat Valuev any more impressively than Holyfield "won" against him nearly two years ago. Not to mention, these "old names" can't even get a fight with these young guys. I mean, if David Haye is all that and a bag of chips, then why would he opt to fight Fraudley Harrison as opposed to putting a legend on his resume like Toney or Holyfield? Is Fraudley Harrison top ten material? Is he better than Toney or Holyfield...is he worse than them? What about Monte Barrett? Is Monte Barret a better challenge than Holyfield or Toney? Personally, I don't think so...and honestly, I'd be shocked if anyone DID think he was better than them (although I'm sure there's a couple of you out there). But the point is, David Haye hasn't exactly lit up the heavyweight division either, so I definitely think the top 10 heavyweights are debateable...and until these young names actually get the balls to step into the ring and wax these "old names", I'm not so sure any of them deserve to be near top 10 either.
Just my take on the division though. If Holyfield and Toney ARE as terrible as some people think, however, I would LOVE to see any one of these young names to retire them for good. Honestly, there's no reason whatsoever why Dan Goossen hasn't put Arreola in the ring with James Toney. Seriously, can Brian Minto beat Toney? How about Manuel Quezada?
I'm just sayin...