Originally Posted by Polymath
its ridiculous to overlook the advantages a modern fighter (especially just being bigger) has while pointing out the disadvantages.
Nobody overlooks the 'advantages', if you can always call them that. If anything, the modern bunch are less fit, more injury prone and weakened from shedding so much weight in order to gain a size advantage. Modern training has actually devolved if anything to be replaced with athletic training.
Make them weigh in on fight night with 8oz gloves and do 15 rounds. Or match Calzaghe up against cruisers or small heavyweights instead of middleweights, seeing as he entered the ring at about 190lbs, if you think that modern fighters have got such an advantage.
Blokes like Cotto and Tszyu usually end up blowing after 8 or 9 rounds, nevermind 15. So much for progress.