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No Mike Tyson? No Jack Johnson? No problem

Today's heavyweights aren't what they used to be. But is that such a bad thing? William Dettloff doesn't think so.

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

Wladimir Klitschko, the closest thing we have to a heavyweight champion, will defend his several alphabet titles against Tony Thompson in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday. It will take a very unusual circumstance indeed -- namely an upset by Thompson, who is at best a modestly talented challenger -- to generate any lasting excitement around the fight, at least in the United States.

Such is the state of the heavyweight class these days that even Klitschko, clearly the division's top fighter, ...

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