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The Impact of Activity: A New Era in Heavyweight Boxing

In the world of heavyweight boxing, a distinct and recognisable pattern has emerged post-COVID-19 break, highlighting the significant impact of maintaining high activity levels in the sport. This trend is evident in the recent performances of several top fighters in the division, with the most active seemingly enjoying the most success right now.

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In the aftermath of the global caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that affected all of our lives, the world of heavyweight boxing has witnessed a fascinating and definitive trend: that activity kills in the world of boxing and no division saw this more so than the heavyweight division, which lost and gained a fair few champions. This pattern, which has become more evident in recent bouts, challenges the activity level of our favourite fighters, suggesting they may have to give way to the more hungry.

Joseph Parker upset the odds in beating the dangerous Deontay Wilder
Joseph Parker upset the odds in beating the dangerous Deontay Wilder

Joseph Parker: A Testament to Consistency Joseph Parker, with eight fights since 2020, is a prime example of this new phenomenon in boxing. His consistent activity has culminated in a remarkable winning streak as of late, culminating in a stunning victory over Deontay Wilder, who we will discuss later on. This victory was not just a win but could be viewed as a statement that regular competition sharpens a fighter's edge in fights in this modern age.

 Zhang celebrated two huge wins against Joyce
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Zhang Zhilei: Rising Through the Ranks Zhang Zhilei's seven bouts in this period have been nothing short of impressive, with knockouts and strong performances, making a strong case for a title shot, should he get past the equally active Parker. His two most recent victories, both stoppages against the formidable Joe Joyce, mark the pinnacle of his career thus far and set a new trajectory to the top. These victories are a clear indicator that staying active in the ring translates to peak performance, especially up against the inactive.

Anthony Joshua: The Resurgence Anthony Joshua's journey through his six recent fights signals a fighter reborn, his latest victories, especially. The stoppages against Robert Helenius and Otto Wallin, are a testament to his resurgence, with AJ enjoying a breath of fresh air as of late. This could suggest that an active fighter, will reap the rewards in this day and age.

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Tyson Fury: A Dip in Form In contrast, Tyson Fury, with only four fights and lackluster performances, raises questions about the effect of reduced ring activity, with his worst career performances coming from his recent form. His recent poor showing against MMA crossover fighter Francis Ngannou, where Fury suffered a knockdown, has sparked debates about his current form and future.

Oleksandr Usyk: Controversial Performances Oleksandr Usyk's four bouts, particularly the controversial match against Dubois, in which many believed he deserved a loss, spotlight the challenges of limited activity. His performance, marred by a controversial referee decision, has led to discussions about his current standing in the heavyweight hierarchy.


Deontay Wilder: A Decline in Fortunes Lastly, Deontay Wilder's mere three fights, with two losses, underline the pitfalls of inactivity. Once a dominant force, Wilder's recent record serves as a stark reminder of how crucial consistent competition is for maintaining top form.

Let us know what you think, is this a trend that needs to be looked in to? Is activity a problem in modern boxing? Let us know in the comments below!


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