Former world champion Larry Holmes has called for a height limit to be introduced in boxing after watching 6ft 9in Tyson Fury emerge as the best heavyweight around.
Holmes, who is 6ft 2in, held the WBC title currently held by ‘The Gypsy King’ from 1978 to 1983 and became a legend during that run when he beat Muhammad Ali in 1980.
During his absence from the sport things have changed and lately it has been the bigger men who have dominated the heavyweight division.
Right now, Fury is the biggest and best boxer in the division having easily taken on America’s top Deontay Wilder in their trilogy of fights.
Holmes fears the United States can no longer compete with the United Kingdom at heavyweight as they are undersized compared to Fury and former two-time unified champion Anthony Joshua.
“American guys are small now,” he told the Daily mail. “These guys from over there (UK), they look like giants! They are big boys and they make something of themselves.
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The 72-year-old is so desperate to end British heavyweight dominance that he hilariously proposed the introduction of a new law that would see Fury and Joshua kicked out of the division.
“There should be a law or a limit to how tall you can be. Maybe 6-foot-5 tops,” Holmes joked. “These guys are growing. I don’t know what they eat, but they eat something that makes them grow.
Despite Holmes’ worries that size would become the main factor at heavyweight, former heavyweight king Oleksandr Usyk currently holds three of the four major belts.
The Ukrainian was considered by many to be undersized ahead of his September 2021 fight with ‘AJ’, but he silenced doubters with a clear round unanimous decision victory over the British giants.
The heavyweight duo are set to square off for the WBO, WBA (Super) and IBF titles on July 23.