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1987 41 63.08%
2011 20 30.77%
Too close to call 4 6.15%
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:11 PM   #1
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Which one of these do you think was the stronger era?

1987

Champion: Micheal Spinks
1. Mike Tyson
2. Evander Holyfield
3. Tony Tucker
4. Tim Witherspoon
5. Pinklon Thomas
6. Carl Williams
7. Trevor Berbick
8. Adilson Rodrigues
9. Tyrell Biggs
10. Mike Weaver

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2011
Champion: Wladimir Klitschko
1. Vitali Klitschko
2. David Haye
3. Alexander Povetkin
4. Tomasz Adamek
5. Ruslan Chagaev
6. Eddie Chambers
7. Denis Boytsov
8. Nikolai Valuev
9. Alexander Dimitrenko
10. Chris Arreola
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:14 PM   #2
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87 easily, more competitive top 10 willing to take more risks, better talent, more skilled fighters overall...
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:25 PM   #3
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Default Re: Which year had better heavyweights

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Which one of these do you think was the stronger era?

1987

Champion: Micheal Spinks
1. Mike Tyson
2. Evander Holyfield
3. Tony Tucker
4. Tim Witherspoon
5. Pinklon Thomas
6. Carl Williams
7. Trevor Berbick
8. Adilson Rodrigues
9. Tyrell Biggs
10. Mike Weaver

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2011
Champion: Wladimir Klitschko
1. Vitali Klitschko
2. David Haye
3. Alexander Povetkin
4. Tomasz Adamek
5. Ruslan Chagaev
6. Eddie Chambers
7. Denis Boytsov
8. Nikolai Valuev
9. Alexander Dimitrenko
10. Chris Arreola
Wlad is definiately a better champion.

Tyson is a better #1 contender than Vitali. - Self explanatory.
Holyfield is a better #2 contender than Haye. - Self explanatory.

Povetkin is a better #3 contender than Tubbs, although Tubbs won the championship from Greg Page, who himself was a descent fighter, but I think Pov could hang with any of them.

Adamek is a better #4 than Witherspoon. Witherspoon lost to Tubbs and Pinklon Thomas, and I think Adamek could hang with those guys.

Chagaev & Thomas are even. Thomas was in with better fighters but lost to most of them. Losses to Berbick, Tyson, Holyfield, Bowe and Tommy Morrison
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:47 PM   #4
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Spinks, Tyson, Holyfield.

Note these three fighters

They themselves exceed the 2011 fighter pool
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:52 PM   #5
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barring the top 3 in 87, the rest of the division was absoloute dog shit. overall, theres not much in this imo.
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Old 03-21-2011, 03:57 PM   #6
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Overall todays HW division is alot deeper. The iron curtain was still around in 87, chances are alot of those fighters in 87 wouldnt have been there had the curtain come down.
The HW division is deep at this time but ignored because America isnt the dominant force in it.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:00 PM   #7
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You're forget Helenius
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:01 PM   #8
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You're forget Helenius
I have a feeling Helenius will become a world champ
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:03 PM   #9
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2011 because it's deeper.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:04 PM   #10
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Which one of these do you think was the stronger era?

1987

Champion: Micheal Spinks
1. Mike Tyson
2. Evander Holyfield
3. Tony Tucker
4. Tim Witherspoon
5. Pinklon Thomas
6. Carl Williams
7. Trevor Berbick
8. Adilson Rodrigues
9. Tyrell Biggs
10. Mike Weaver

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2011
Champion: Wladimir Klitschko
1. Vitali Klitschko
2. David Haye
3. Alexander Povetkin
4. Tomasz Adamek
5. Ruslan Chagaev
6. Eddie Chambers
7. Denis Boytsov
8. Nikolai Valuev
9. Alexander Dimitrenko
10. Chris Arreola
IMO I would vote for the 87" crop of HW...I give them the edge alone how competitve they were and how they actually wanted to fight one another. We didnt have all of this drama that we have in today's HW division.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:04 PM   #11
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87 without a doubt
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:04 PM   #12
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87 easily, more competitive top 10 willing to take more risks, better talent, more skilled fighters overall...
I agree.

My problem with the topic is that 1986 was better than 1987, so in fairness it should've been used instead, because 2011 is the best year in recent times...

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Old 03-21-2011, 04:07 PM   #13
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It's close. I think 87 edges it but not by much.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:10 PM   #14
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Overall todays HW division is alot deeper. The iron curtain was still around in 87, chances are alot of those fighters in 87 wouldnt have been there had the curtain come down.
The HW division is deep at this time but ignored because America isnt the dominant force in it.
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:11 PM   #15
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Default Re: Which year had better heavyweights

Some interesting notes:

Tucker and Tyson are stong top guys and the fought the most meaningful HW fight of the year. Biggs was a strong up and comer but...

-Spinks fought one fight in 87...against the unranked Cooney and was stripped of his title.

-Holyfield entered the top 3 without a single HW win in 87. The division was that cleaned out by Tyson and drugs at this time. Evander literally walked into the top 3 on the strength of his CW accomplishments.

The other top 5:

-Tim Witherspoon was coming of a 1 KO loss to Smith and would not face another ranked contender for many years.

-Thomas lost to Berbick and Tyson, without a single ranked win around this time.

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