*** The Cruiserweight Express ***

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"The thread for all things related to cruiserweights"

My favourite division, the much maligned & often overlooked 200lb cruiserweights.

Formed in 1979 for the smaller heavyweights the original upper limit of 190lbs was later increased to 200lb. This division provides a bridge between light-heavy & heavy but has never attracted the attention or gained the respect it deserves, despite having some fantastic fighters & legendary battles.

It is currently one of the most competitive divisions in the sport where the best frequently fight each other & has already provided some of the best fights this year like Hernandez-Cunningham II & Huck-Afolabi II.

The current top 5(imo) of Hernandez, Huck, Lebedev, Afolabi & Cunningham are all closely matched. Add into that mix experienced veterans like Jones, Tarver & Wlodarczyk, plus some good up-and-comers like Chakkiev, Masternak, Kayode & Kiladze & the cruiserweight scene is looking very healthy.
 
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My All-time top 10 cruisers

1. Evander Holyfield
2. Carlos de Leon
3. Johnny Nelson
4. David Haye
5. Dwight Muhammed Qawi
6. Juan Carlos Gomez
7. Jean Marc Mormeck
8. O'Niel Bell
9. Ancalet Wamba
10. Tomas Adamek

My current top 10

1. Hernandez (IBF, Ring)
2. Huck (WBO)
3. Lebedev (Interim WBA)
4. Afolabi
5. Cunningham
6. Wlodarcyzk (WBC)
7. Jones (WBA)
8. Tarver
9. Kayode
10. Masternak
 
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Two great cruiserweight fights from this year.

[video=youtube;YNvtd_xS3AI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNvtd_xS3AI&feature=related[/video]

[video=youtube;PC_ievC7nQE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC_ievC7nQE[/video]
 
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you ever see the fight between carl thompson and eli sellers ??
Yeah, it was fantastic. I think it was 6 knockdowns in 4 rounds! Sellers was a murderous puncher & Thompson was never in a dull fight.

[video=youtube;tWC7aJUa52w]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWC7aJUa52w[/video]
 
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Some of the greatest ever CW fights, sadly my personal favourite Holyfield vs Qawi 1 has been removed from youtube :-(

[video=youtube;cCapKpQ8dYo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCapKpQ8dYo[/video]

[video=youtube;2NHMEXU9mEs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NHMEXU9mEs[/video]

[video=youtube;EcN1WOEdl5g]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcN1WOEdl5g[/video]
 

Roe

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I'm on board for this thread. It's usually an exciting division but never really captures the public's imagination (outside of Germany) or gets much interest. Funny because so many casual fans go on about heavyweights yet many of them would probably look at you blankly if you mentioned cruiserweights. Cruisers nowadays are like the heavyweights of old.
 
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I'm on board. Big fan of the cruiserweight division. I know that many aren't and don't think there's a need for it - and while I understand why, I don't agree - but many of the beloved heavyweights of old would be competing at cruiser if they were around today. I'm not saying a Floyd Patterson couldn't beat Wladimir Klitschko - though I don't think he would - so much as he wouldn't be competing in the same division anyway. If the Yanks understood this and got behind the likes of Cunningham then I think the division would garner much more respect - and less cruisers would move to heavy.
 
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On board, classic division. Deserves more attention, especially now when it's cool to like some shitty 126lb-divisions instead of the consistent quality that the cruisers are delivering.
 
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My All-time top 10 cruisers

1. Evander Holyfield
2. Carlos de Leon
3. Johnny Nelson
4. David Haye
5. Dwight Muhammed Qawi
6. Juan Carlos Gomez
7. Jean Marc Mormeck
8. O'Niel Bell
9. Ancalet Wamba
10. Tomas Adamek

My current top 10

1. Hernandez (IBF, Ring)
2. Huck (WBO)
3. Lebedev (Interim WBA)
4. Afolabi
5. Cunningham
6. Wlodarcyzk (WBC)
7. Jones (WBA)
8. Tarver
9. Kayode
10. Masternak
Great lists. I am a fan of the CW division to i feel it is vastly underrated. Thought on your All Time list I would have Adamek over Bell and Mormeck.
 
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Only a matter of time before Chakhkiev destroys all before him! :deal

Might need another fight before hes completely ready for the likes of Hernandez, Cunningham, Lebedev, Huck and Ola but anyone else in the division I'd put him in there tomorrow and would back him to completely dominate them.

Very rare to see someone so accomplished as him from so few pro fights.
 

Foreman Hook

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Choo Choo! I wanna see Captain Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooook VS Ant Tarver.:deal

Who is else with me???

Foreman Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooook!:rasta
 
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On board, classic division. Deserves more attention, especially now when it's cool to like some shitty 126lb-divisions instead of the consistent quality that the cruisers are delivering.
the fighters in those divisions have way more skill

cruiserweight division is why so many heavies think its okay to be fat
 
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the fighters in those divisions have way more skill

cruiserweight division is why so many heavies think its okay to be fat
I just don't get the fascination with these really small divisions. Besides it being hard to take them seriously, how many dudes 115lbs are there anyway? The competition must be pretty marginal at a weight like that, and I'd think thus the quality probably is lower too most of the time than it's in divisions with more fighters.
 
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I just don't get the fascination with these really small divisions. Besides it being hard to take them seriously, how many dudes 115lbs are there anyway? The competition must be pretty marginal at a weight like that, and I'd think thus the quality probably is lower too most of the time than it's in divisions with more fighters.
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