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Championship fights without championship hearts

Thomas Hauser explores the boxing adage of "going out on your shield," as well as the fallacies of boxing and other sports in his "Notes and nuggets."

Originally Published: October 20, 2007
By Thomas Hauser | Special to ESPN.com

Great champions are revered for their courage and heart. The tradition of a fighter going out on his shield is at the core of boxing lore. But of late, a different phenomenon has been on display in the heavyweight division.

In three so-called heavyweight "championship" fights this year (Wladimir Klitschko vs. Ray Austin, Klitschko vs. Lamon Brewster and Shannon Briggs vs. Sultan Ibragimov), one of the participants seemed to show up and go through the motions to collect a paycheck without ...

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