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I've often heard that today there are far fewer professional heavyweight boxers than there were in the 1970s, particularly due to more lucrative opportunities in other sports, and the long-term health risks of boxing as evidenced by figures like Muhammad Ali.

It's a claim I often see when people are claiming professional heavyweights of today to be far less capable than the golden age boxers.

I wouldn't have thought this to be true, as the global population is much bigger. Is there any truth to this claim?

  • Professional or just famous? I know of several boxers fighting professional (one even personally) who are known in their home region only. – dly May 2 at 9:17
  • @dly professional – 83457 May 2 at 10:41
  • Surely there cannot be less unless the weight categories have changed. Or do you mean to say 'fewer'? – Chenmunka May 2 at 17:33
  • @Chenmunka I made a grammatical error but I'm not sure how you're reading it. Is the total amount of heavyweight boxers today X, less than the heavyweight boxers Y at some point in the 1970s? – 83457 May 2 at 17:58
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Yes definitely.I think the martial arts are much bigger now. That's probably why we don't have too many top notch heavyweights nowadays.

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    Could you please back up your answer with some facts or statistics? Without them it's just a plain guess. – dly May 8 at 19:06

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