Wladimir Klitschko, and his brother Vitali, have more or less been the dominant forces in the heavyweight division in recent years but they are not exciting nor have they given the fans much to tune in for.
However, they have been a level above the crop of heavyweights in their weight class and they get the job done.
America doesn't have a good solid heavyweight right now. Eddie Chambers, Chris Arreola and Tony Thompson have all taken their shots and been stopped within the distance - but they are the best America has to offer.
Poland's Tomasz Adamek put a little life into the division but the focus is now on England's David Haye.
Haye has been a true heavyweight for his last four fights since moving from cruiserweight and picking up the WBA heavyweight belt, the only one the Klitschko's don't collectively hold.
Haye finally talked his way into a fight with the younger Klitschko. It was on and then off, between injuries and rescheduled dates. But it was made and Haye is fighting the right brother, Wladimir.
Haye did a lot of PR to get this fight but he truly believes in himself that he can beat the bigger man.
The fight will be shown in America but not on pay-per-view. HBO will televise it in the afternoon. I'm sure they are showing the fight mainly because of Haye and not Klitschko, as they haven't shown the brothers in their recent fights.
Haye, who trains out of Miami, Florida, has sparked something in the division. Fans in America are talking about him and he is becoming more recognised over here, not as much as in his native England but he is gaining interest nonetheless.
The attention for the Haye v Klitschko fight isn't on the magnitude it was for the likes of Mike Tyson v Evander Holyfield. David may not get that recognition over here until he fights and beats a good American fighter but with the lack of talent in the USA that's going to be hard.
If Haye can pull this win off he could unify three of the four belts - Vitali holds the fourth legitimate belt. With the Klitschko's always being criticised for being safety-first fighters, Haye can bring out the excitement in Wladimir.
He will get hit by the smaller man's long looping hooks unless Wladimir comes out and gets a quick knockout.
Although this fight will not be shown at primetime in the US, it will have boxing fans interested to see if the brash-talking, good-looking Haye can pull off this win and inject some life back into this lacklustre division.
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