Originally Posted by Ncc84
There isn't a top fighter from america like a holmes or tyson, but other than those 2 the talent was no better than today.
There was a time when David Bey was rated as the 4th best american heavyweight.
Watch fighters like Banks and Jennings their skill level is quite exceptional.
Do you think it is just a coincidence that the eastern europeans entering the pros and america's perceived talent level dropping happened at the same time?
You're using a specifics with the David Bey theory. I'm talking on general. You can find those examples in any era including this one. I'm talking in general. Look at fighters like Page, Dones, Witherspoon, Tucker and so on. The talent difference is pretty clear.
I think its a combination of things. America's failing amateur program and less interest are part of it. And not putting down Ed's but these thing will run in cycles. Eastern Europe is the leader now. The UK looks to be next, and sooner or later it will come back around to America.