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The golden age of light heavyweights

Joe Calzaghe-Bernard Hopkins. Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson. Clinton Woods-Antonio Tarver. With the best light heavyweights mixing it up over the next two weekends, William Dettloff harkens back to the golden age of the 175-pound class.

Originally Published: April 11, 2008
By William Dettloff | Special to ESPN.com

It is unusual for any weight class in boxing to see as much concentrated action as the light heavyweight division will see over the next two weeks.

The Antonio Tarver-Clinton Woods, Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson and Bernard Hopkins-Joe Calzaghe bouts will shine the spotlight on 175 in a way that probably hasn't happened since the division's heyday, which could be loosely defined as the period from 1977-83.

That six- or seven-year run was unlike any the light heavyweight division has ...

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