"Fighters don't become champion because things are handed to them"

The common perception in boxing is that we are in the midst of a "weak era" in the heavyweight division, and have been for several years. Rcently retired former world title challenger David Tua disputes this notion as fallacy...

"It's like the cycle, certain type of heavyweights are gonna come around again. But fighters don't become champion because things are just handed to them. They're champions at heart. I think it's good for boxing. It seems like the Europeans' time, the European fighters time to rise up - and they have."

Tua sees the double reign of the Klitschko brothers as an open opportunity for someone to accept the challenge and to make history...

"I believe the bright side of it...it's certainly an encouragement and should be a motivational thing for anybody. To approach the situation, well, okay, if that's the case, maybe we need to train a little bit harder. Maybe we can train a little bit different. To be better than the fighter who holds the titles. Obviously you have to get past the business and politics of boxing but that's part of it, the way it is."