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As in boxing's heyday, heavies are a hit

Updated: September 1, 2009, 5:27 PM ET
By Jake Rossen | Sherdog.com

There was once no greater prize in sports than boxing's world heavyweight championship. Men would pursue it for years, sacrificing memory and cognitive function, seeking concrete proof of their toughness. Owning the title meant being the best -- or at least the most durable -- in the most punishing athletic event allowed in civilized society.

Today, the title is a joke. Like boxing itself, the designation is a fractured, incomprehensible mess, owned by no fewer than three ...

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