The dueling heavyweight titles
For a good chunk of the 20th century, the world heavyweight title in boxing was considered to be the most prestigious achievement in all of sports. Other activities were really just metaphors for combat; boxing was combat, pure and undiluted. It makes sense that the toughest guy in the toughest sport was king.
But as far back as the 1940s, boxing had begun to cannibalize its own status with a series of organizations that sent fighters on a chase to "unify" titles. There was the WBA, ...
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