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Old Sep 4th 2016, 08:38 AM
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Default Re: Boxing weight classes

Originally Posted by NickKIELCEPoland View Post
Why is boxing divided into weight classes? Other sports aren't divided into classes of any kind, yet boxing is not the only sport where certain physical aspects influence success?
For example, basketball - we all know that it's an advantage to be tall, but if one is short, and wants to play basketball, one just has to do one's best to make things like ball control compensate for lack of centimetres.
Then there's running - I dare say having long legs helps, especially with sprinting.
So what do people think?
All "combat" sports are divided by weight class, to remove signifucant unfair advantage in size and strengh.

Which does not mean such David vs. Goliath showdowns never happen.

Our Russian champion Fedor Emelianenko

fight against the Korean monster Hong Man Choi

few years ago in Pride MMA comes to my mind

Fedor is no midget himself:

1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)[2]
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st)[2]

But Choi dwarfed him, easily:

Height 218 cm (7 ft 2 in)
Weight 150 kg (330 lb; 24 st)

Fedor won that fight, he ended up locking Choi in a Sambo arm hold, and held him like that, or... well, hung iff him like that, really lol until the Korean tapped out

I think he broke Choi's arm, in the end.

Thus, skill beat size Not for first ir last time.

MMA has had plenty of such unequal battles, in fact

And as for boxing, our Nikolai Valuev stood a whole weight class above anyone else for a long time

Yet your British compatriot David Haye managed, finally, to defeat him, by point decision, and take his championship belt

(nobody, including Haye, was ever able to knock Valuev down in the ring, before, or since, unt he retired and be a member of the Duma lol)

So, point is, even the weight classes do not guarrantee total equality of opponents. But... Better than nothing
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