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The Missing Generation Of Boxers

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The missing generation of boxers

By Jeff Pryor

Why did so many of the fighters that emerged in the early 2000s fail to dislodge Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Wladimir Klitschko and Bernard Hopkins to become all-time greats?

What if an entire generation of boxers went missing? Imagine a world where the sport’s salivating spectators were left buying tickets to see ageing wonders whose first major wins came a decade before. What if nearly every promising pugilist that began their career between 2000 and 2005 faltered and fell off the map before their stardom matured them into venerable veterans capable of carrying the sport onwards.

If you caught 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins’ light heavyweight championship unification bout versus Sergey Kovalev recently in what many experts called the most significant fight of the year, or Manny Pacquiao as he demolished young upstart Chris Algieri, then there is no imagining required.

Every five years marks a roughly hewn stanza that produces a class of pugilistic contemporaries who fight and face the generation before and after, but mature together and forge their legacies. The old must make way for the new. The torch must be passed, seized by force by the hands of the waiting youth. Bathed in blood, scrabbling over the worn bodies of elder champions, the ascending kings of the sport take their place. This intrinsic rule of the ring has been broken and the fallout is just becoming apparent....

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