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The Top 10 American Heavyweights; Fan’s Take
These aren't great times for the heavyweight division and they certainly aren't glory days for the American heavyweight scene. Here's a look at the Top 10 American heavyweights:
1. Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs)
Injuries have sidelined Chambers' career recently and the smallish heavyweight from Philadelphia is looking to get back on track against Tomasz Adamek on June 16. Aside from losses to Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin, Chambers has a solid resume with wins over the likes of Samuel Peter, Alexander Dimitrenko, and Derric Rossy.
2. Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs)
The 6'5" southpaw was the last fighter to give Wladimir Klitschko an even marginal challenge and he'll get another crack at the undisputed heavyweight champ in July. The 40-year-old has scored some solid victories in his career, but has never beaten an elite big man. Thompson's career high water marks were victories over Chazz Witherspoon, Timur Ibragimov, Dominick Guinn, and Maurice Harris.
3. Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs)
The most entertaining and marketable of the bunch, Arreola has proven himself to be too crude to compete at the elite level. Arreola hopes that a better dedication to training and a more active schedule will help him make the next step up.
4. Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs)
The former world titlist has been down and has now worked himself back into contention by simply hanging around long enough. Rahman is tentatively set to take on Alexander Povetkin for Povetkin's lesser WBA heavyweight strap.
5. Kevin Johnson (26-1-1, 12 KOs)
In possession of a sharp jab and a big mouth, Johnson has potential, despite his poor performance in a unanimous decision loss to Vitali Klitschko in 2009. Still, "Kingpin" is unproven at the elite level, boasting a win over former titlist Bruce Seldon as the biggest victory of his 28-fight career.
6. Seth Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs)
The former football star is a late comer to boxing, but has shown plenty of talent for the game. Wearing the heavy burden of "America's Last Heavyweight Hope," Mitchell will take on Chazz Witherspoon on April 28 in the biggest fight of his young career.
7. Cedric Boswell (35-2, 26 KOs)
At various points of his career, Boswell has shown promise of greater things to come. At 42 years of age and after a poor, passive performance against Alexander Povetkin last December, it appears as though those days of promise are well behind him.
8. Evander Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs)
The fact that the 49-year-old Holyfield is still rankable among the Top 10 should say a lot about the state of the American heavyweight scene. However, the "Real Deal" is still active on the seniors' circuit and just over three years removed from a controversial decision loss to Russian giant, Nikolai Valuev.
9. Michael Grant (48-4, 36 KOs)
The once semi-retired giant is apparently back to full-time status, but has failed to bag an attention-worthy win. With a loss to Tomasz Adamek and marginal victories over Tye Fields and Frans Botha, Grant has done enough to stay on the radar.
10. Bryant Jennings (13-0, 6 KOs)
New on the scene, the 27-year-old Jennings has recently scored victories over former WBO champ, Siarhei Liakhovich and previously undefeated local talent, Maurice Byarm. With only two years of professional experience behind him, Jennings looks to be on the fast track to bigger things.
On the Cusp: Johnathon Banks, Maurice Harris, Franklin Lawrence, Deontay Wilder, Monte Barrett
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Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. He is also a contributor to Fox Sports. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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