Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/7/14
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What do we seek from our fighters? The question seems simple enough, but the answer you might get from the average fight fan might not be the most honest one. The words "effort," "heart" and "gentleman" are likely to come up, but an argument can be made that these answers only pay lip service to the real truth. It sounds good to say you will root for any honest, hardworking pug who conducts himself with class, but the honest fact is that some form of buzz has to be present for a guy to cross over into mainstream success. That buzz can come from exciting performances in the ring. Mike Tyson became perhaps the most famous athlete on the planet for a time because of the other-worldly displays of power he showcased early in his career. Ray Leonard dazzled crowds with flashy footwork and hand speed. Both of these men and many others among boxing biggest stars had styles in the ring that were geared not just to win fights but to look good doing it. For those who aren't brutal knockout ...
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