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Max: Byrd should've been champ years ago

Updated: December 17, 2002, 11:58 AM ET
By Max Kellerman | Special to ESPN.com

Chris Byrd should be heavyweight champion of the world. He should be making his 15th title defense. He should already be recognized among the greatest pure boxers in the history of the division.

Whenever Byrd fights a top fighter who "only" enjoys a 10-20 pound weight advantage, he wins. David Tua (right before Tua knocked out Fres Oquendo), Evander Holyfield (right after Holyfield stopped Hassim Rahman). Indeed, it is not other heavyweights that are "The Michigan Magician's" problem. ...

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