QUOTE (MaxPayne @ Oct 14 2011, 11:39 AM)
Of course African Americans aren't the ONLY great heavyweights. However, when you think of boxing history, at the heavyweight level, the most universally recognized fighters tend to be black...off the top of my head: Jack Johnson, Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Joe Louis, Tyson, Holmes, Lewis, Holyfield. Our of white fighters, Rocky Marciano and Jack Dempsey are in that conversation as well, but there are certain realities as to which race produced the most prolific and also exciting heavyweights.
I think it's entirely possible that a Hispanic American heavyweight could also climb the ranks and I think it would be the easiest way to return the division to glory, because of the fan base. Latin American boxing fans are easily the most die-hard fans in the sport.
you could also look at it from an economic perspective and see what CLASS produced the best and exciting boxers. class is the primary factor in my opinion - so, it makes sense that america's greatest boxers usually are black because of the u.s.'s notorious economic institutions that keep black americans in the lower class. this is seen in all other u.s. athletics too.
white boxers are few and far between, and even fewer are considered great...because they are not at ends with the u.s. economy to the same extent as blacks and so less likely to depend on boxing as an income generator
another factor that has enhanced the careers of black heavyweights is their legacies often transcend mere boxing matches and come to represent the racial tensions that are prevalent in the u.s. i.e. jack johnson against the white hopes, joe louis as a quiet champion who fights for america against fascism (shmelling), ali as the new politically charged, intelligent, black man all whites would have feared during the 60s...one who rebels (vietnam).
..there are plenty of examples of this. you could even make a case for floyd mayweather jr...he definitely is representative of the new black stereotype being pushed by all the record labels that involves street history, emphasis on accumulative wealth, and emphasis on fraternity (entourage). white america sees this new figure (one highly pushed and consumed by white people) as degrading "american values" and what other moral garbage they can pull out their ass...thats why people tune in to see "money" get knocked out.
for better or worse, these things do make black champions much more compelling to watch in the ring and outside of it.