Editor's letter | Issue | Premium | Jun 24 2019

Are we already in the midst of a golden era for the heavyweight division?

Why the heavyweight division might already be in the midst of one of its best ever periods
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THE heavyweight golden era, the one we were promised, the one we’ve all been waiting for, might have sneaked up and arrived without us even knowing it. After all, the history books are only kind once they’ve been written and maybe, when we eventually look back and put pen to paper, Tyson Fury upsetting longstanding champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 will be pinpointed as the moment when the good times started to roll.

Within a few weeks of that momentous changing of the guard, two young unbeaten British heavyweights engaged in a bad-tempered slugfest inside London’s O2 Arena as Anthony Joshua survived an early scare to pummel the resistance out of Dillian Whyte in seven rounds. Fury soon lost his balance at the top, and his three belts, without stepping foot in the ring. Over in America, loose-screwed WBC champion Deontay Wilder started his own tightrope dance while cannoning the likes of Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupass and Artur Szpilka into the air.

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