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Era of The Monster Heavyweights

Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

Joe Louis, even with 25 world title defenses, would be out of place in the current era of the super heavyweight monster heavyweight.

Primo Carnera, Jess Willard, Nicolay Valuev and Mike White were considered talented boxing odd oddities. Recent results have caused me to consider whether smaller heavyweights past and present, such as Evander Holyfield, Oscar Rivas, Mike Tyson, Joe Frazier, Tomasz Adamek, Alexander Povetkin, Andy Ruiz, Eddie Chambers, Joey Dawejko and Amir Mansour, dedication notwithstanding, really compete against taller fighters. My argument is a modern heavyweight has to be at least 6’4” to compete in the ring in the current playing field of heavyweights. Even then, height brings with it reach advantage, giving the tallest of the tall the edge advantage at this level.

I thought it might be interesting for boxing fans to make a list comparison of some well -known modern heavyweights by height.

Nicolay Valuev 7’0”
Mike White 6’10”
Shannon Briggs 6’4”
Dr. Wladimir Klitschko 6’6”
Dr. Vitaly Klitschko 6’7”
Lennox Lewis 6’5”
Deontay Wilder 6’7”
Anthony Joshua 6’6”
Tyson Fury 6’9”
Hughie Fury 6’6”
Dillian Whyte 6’4”
Jarrell Miller 6’4”
Johann Duhaupas 6’5”
Mariusz Wach 6’7 1/2”
Kubrat Pulev 6’4 1/2”
Gerald Washington 6’6”
Ray Austin 6’6”
Luis Ortiz 6’4”
Dominic Breazeale 6’7”
Tom Schwarz 6’5 1/2”
Joseph Parker 6’4”
Filip Hrgovic 6’6”
Otto Wallin 6’5 1/2”
Sergey Kuzmin 6’4”
Joe Joyce 6’6”
Robert Helenius 6’6 1/2”
Junior Fa 6’5”
Efe Ajagba 6’5”
Charles Martin 6’5”
Lucas Browne 6’5”
Peter Milas 6’4 1/2”

While this list is by no means complete, the implication is the current heavyweight will eventually have to reach upwards of seven feet tall or higher by the year 2100 to compete in the heavyweight division. I also predict 250 or higher will be a different division, that OR the weight of measure for the heavyweight division will be much higher than the current 201 pounds or higher it is now a century from now, based on current divisional trends.

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Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert Brizel - Head Boxing Correspondent
Robert is the Head Boxing Correspondent for Real Combat Media Boxing since 2013. Robert is also a photographer and ringside reporter for the RCM Tri State region which includes NJ, NY and PA. Robert conducts exclusive interviews, provides historical boxing articles and provides editorial ringside coverage of major boxing events. You can contact or follow Robert on Facebook and by email at robertbrizel@realcombatmedia.com.