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Vital signs aside, sport's profile hinges on heavies

Satisfying fights, big gates, impressive PPV buys, movie and TV depictions. Is boxing experiencing a resurgence? Looks might be deceiving.

Updated: August 16, 2005, 1:42 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

On May 7, Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo participated in a slugfest that was lauded as one of the best fights in boxing history. But for the boxing business, the hits kept coming in subsequent weeks.

Consider this parade of milestones: Winky Wright's victory over Felix Trinidad; the throngs appearing at each stop of the long-running "farewell tour" of Julio Cesar Chavez; a crowd of 22,000 for the Ricky Hatton-Kostya Tszyu fight in England -- a bout that began at 2 a.m. local time; more ...

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