In Rusty's Corner

Rusty Rubin is the editor of website and author of three acclaimed boxing books 다운로드! “Woozel, Boxing and Me”, “Off the Canvas” and “Billy Soose, the Champion Time Forgot” co-authored by Tom Donelson.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is the worst heavyweight division I have ever seen, and I’ve been around boxing for more than fifty years 다운로드.

What does it say when it takes Wladamir Klitschko 11 plus rounds to stop a 36 year old fight who can’t really punch 다운로드?

What does it say when they are asking for purse bids for the WBA title fight between John ‘I hold better than I box’ Ruiz and Nicolai Valuev. Who would pay to even watch that? Boring, you bet.

How about ex-contender Michael Grant’s P.R. team making a big deal out of him winning a decision against a guy who has only one 14 of more than 30 pro fights?

How important is it that the loser of Wednesday’s fight between James Toney and Hasim Rahman retire? The fact is they both should hang up the gloves.

And don’t forget the come-backing Vitali Klitschko facing Sam Peter before years end. It also tells you why now fringe fighters like Evander Holyfield haven’t made retirement official. Watching these guys fight, or try to, could raise Jack Johnson up from his grave to make a comeback. It’s sad, but very true.

What these fights and fighters say and show is more than a clue as to why boxing is losing its popularity to mixed martial arts. It’s not the promoters or the match-makers that cause the problem here, but the limited talent they have to work with.

Boxing is not in danger of disappearing, but it sure can use some new young blood. Let’s hope the upcoming Olympics bring some much needed excitement back to the punch for pay ranks.***

On Wednesday evening, on ESPN and live from the Morongo Casino, James “Lights Out” Toney takes on former champ Hasim Rahman, in what could be an important heavyweight match.

In truth it is important to the loser, as both fighters are saying they will hang it up if they lose. What if it’s a draw? Whatever it will be, it probably won’t be very exciting. Today’s heavyweights rarely are.

Since a pick is expected here, allow me to root for a double knockout, both fighters lose and the heavyweight division emerges the winner.

Okay, enough sarcasm. It does take courage to get into the ring, no matter who you are. Toney is a much better defensive fighter, and figures to out-last Rahman. If he does, let’s hope he passes the drug test this time around. Toney by decision.