First of all, let me say that I was rambling (as usual) to a large extent and didn’t properly qualify my statements, but that said, I will continue to say that the heavyweight division is currently and has been in recent memory, quite boring. Not only is the division watered down, but there aren’t many prospects for the “next big thing” who look like they’ll arise in the near future. Lewis is a great fighter, but he has no real competative match or rivalry (unless you count the freakshow). Also, neither he nor anyone else near the top has any personality. I wish that Klitschko would have panned out better, because he might have added some entertainment (and sideshow) factor.
Given my age, I never saw Ali, Frazier, or Forman (excluding the comeback) live. You’re talking about ESPNClassic for me. I remember it being better though even in the early 90’s. Regardless, I like technical boxing a lot more than slug fests so maybe I’m just biased.