Posted by PaleHorse
Everyone goes for points now, knockouts are rare, and judging is 10x more flawed than mma. If you don't miss Rocky Marciano dropping almost 90% of the heavyweights and prefer watching sparring sessions, stay loyal to how things are being run right now.
Rocky Marciano was not KOing people in the Olympics, since he never fought there. He did have an impressive 87.76% KO rate as a professional. The current boxing champ (forget the alphabet champs) is Wladamir Klitshko who has a 83.33% KO rate. That's not much of a difference in KOs, especially since Marciano had 15 rounds to do it in and he was, quite frankly, a better and more dominant HW champion. If you think that KOs aren't possible in today's game, take a look at how Edwin Valero is doing so far:http://www.boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=122183&cat=boxer
I think the reasons it doesn't seem like guys are as good are twofold:
1) Guys like Marciano and Robinson were American; guys like Klitshko and Valero are not.
2) Back in the 50s there weren't athletes competing on a professional scale to challenge boxers for the right of being the toughest guys in the world and now MMA fighters (as well as K-1 fighters) are doing that. So a guy like Klitschko doesn't have the larger-than-life mystique that previous HW boxing champs had.
I'm actually very critical of certain aspects of boxing: not having the top fighters fight enough, having every other title defense be a gift defense, weak, mismatched undercards, out-of-touch,aged boxing writers and analysts, corrupt promotion, corrupt sanctioning, corrupt judging...I just don't think one of those problems is a lack of talented boxers.