Besides the punch, are we suckers?

Updated: September 21, 2011, 3:12 AM ET
By Duff McKagan | Special to ESPN.com

At the risk of stating the obvious, the sport of boxing has taken a big downward hit as far as mainstream popularity over the past 15 years. To begin with, we are missing our vaunted champions and our hated villains. To add to that, the overall quality in the heavyweight division (historically the "major league" attraction of boxing), has experienced a nosedive since the days of Tyson/Lewis/Holyfield.

To be sure, the sport of mixed martial arts has filled this void in a large ...

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