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Heavyweight boxing is in a confusing -- some say messy -- state, but not everyone is complaining.When Tyson Fury imploded, so did the heavyweight division and two of the four versions of the world title are vacant.Briton Fury (25-0, 18 KOs), 28, is currently inactive and receiving treatment for mental health related problems after twice pulling out of a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, who he beat a year ago.Fury relinquished the WBA and WBO belts while WBC champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs), 31, is currently injured and not expected to return until next spring.IBF champion Anthony Joshuas December 10 defence against American Eric Molina, which was hastily arranged after Klitschko decided not to fight the Briton on that date, has been criticised by fans as a mismatch.Fury, who became the lineal champion and holder of three world title belts (IBF, WBA and WBO) by out-pointing Klitschko, also caused a storm by offensive comments while champion before then testing positive for cocaine use.After the controversies, postponements, positive drugs tests and disappearing champions, the heavyweight division is in a state of flux.But has is all been so bad for boxing? It depends who you ask.I think its terrible for boxing what has happened with the titles, Mick Hennessy, Furys promoter, told ESPN.Tyson did something unique and very special by becoming lineal champion and ending Klitschkos reign. That was what was needed for the sport, something fresh. All the belts were together except one.For a period it really lifted heavyweight boxing. What is going on now is ridiculous. Everyone is scrambling around trying to get their hands on titles that they dont deserve.It degrades the value of the titles. People are calling Anthony Joshua a world champion but hes not a world champion. Others will be sold as world champions, but they arent. The public need to know they arent proper world champions. Only Deontay Wilder is a legitimate champion like Tyson was.Tyson isnt boxing at the moment but as far as Im concerned hes still the man. Until Tyson retires no one can say hes not the best.Hennessy expects Fury to box again in 2017.Its day by day, were not going to predict it [when Fury will box again] but I think he will when the time is right because its in his blood, Hennessy said.Its something that he loves and if he finds that love and when things are right, he will be unstoppable.The only person who can stop him is himself, none of these other fighters who are fighting for titles now.But for Joshua, the splintering of the title belts gives him a chance to strengthen his position. The 2012 Olympic gold medallist is set to dispute the vacant WBA super world title with Ukraines Klitschko -- providing he beats Molina -- in the spring, with Cardiffs Principality Stadium being considered as a venue.Joshua (17-0, 17 KOs), 27, only got to fight for the IBF title because it became vacant after Fury had won it from 40-year-old Klitschko (64-4, 54 KOs), who had ruled for nine and a half years. By agreeing to face Klitschko in a rematch instead of facing the IBFs mandatory challenger, Fury was quickly stripped of the IBF belt.Tyson Fury has done really well for the division, said Joshua.The fracturing of the heavyweight belts has also been good news for those wishing to get a crack at world titles.When three of the four world titles were in the hands of Klitschko, who most years has only boxed twice, it limited the chances of contenders getting the chance to challenge for the belts.Now, with at least three (four if you include the WBA regular title) world heavyweight champions next year, more will have a shot at global glory than in the days when Wladimir and brother Vitali held all four belts between them.Its all over the place in the heavyweight division right now, heavyweight contender David Price told ESPN. Thats maybe not good for the fans but its better than having just one champion for the boxers because we can be involved in bigger fights.It was locked down for years by the Klitschkos. You had to become a mandatory challenger for one of their belts or be a safe voluntary defence. Then Tyson Fury changed all that.Theres so much going on with the titles at the moment, the WBA is all over the place, and I just wish it had happened four years ago when I was British champion. Now Im not in the best of positions.Anthony Joshua has been so fortunate the way things have fallen into place for him.Price (21-3, 18 KOs) was overlooked as an opponent to challenge his fellow Briton Joshua on December 10 but is hopeful of a world title shot in 2017.Im ranked with the IBF [12] and WBO [11] and I want the quickest and easiest route to a title, it doesnt make sense to take the toughest route. The WBO have got a vacant title so maybe that is a route for me, Price said.I was supposed to fight Joseph Parker on this show on December 10 but that fell through and then I was supposed to fight Eric Molina on that date. Now Parker is boxing off for the vacant belt against Andy Ruiz.Las Vegas-based Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) will fight Mexican Ruiz Jr (29-0, 19 KOs) for the vacant WBO belt in his homeland of New Zealand on the same date as Joshua-Molina.David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs), the former WBA champion, lies in the wait for the winner of Parker-Ruiz, according to the WBO. Haye, 36, has also been linked to a fight against Russian Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs), 39, for the fringe WBA interim title but the Briton has yet to announce his next fight after two easy wins earlier this year which ended an exile of three and a half years.The WBAs regular world title is also vacant and will be contested by Australian Lucas Browne (24-0, 21 KOs) -- banned earlier this year after testing positive for a banned substance -- and American veteran Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs), who at 44 is seven years older than Browne.Among the others scrambling to get a title shot is Florida-based Cuban Luis Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs), who was recently stripped of the WBA interim title for failing to fight Ustinov next but this weekend hopes to put himself back in contention.The 37-year-old -- known as King Kong -- has his first fight after signing a deal with Joshuas promoter Eddie Hearn on Saturday when he faces American Malik Scott (38-2-1, 13 KOs) at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte-Carlo.I think Fury was able to shake up the heavyweight division and because of him, the division is now one of the most exciting divisions to watch, said Ortiz.I just want to get the opportunity to face him, or Wilder, to prove I am a champion as well. 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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the first time in four years, Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell believes his team doesnt have to be perfect to win.Caldwell spent much of his tenure rebuilding what was one of the worst rosters in the NFL. It was a slow process at first and was ramped up the last two years by spending more than $300 million in free agency.Now, the Jaguars have their best collection of talent and their highest expectations in nearly a decade. They open the season against Green Bay on Sunday.We can match up with virtually almost anybody, Caldwell said Wednesday. Everything doesnt have to go right and we still have chances.That hasnt always been the case.Of Jacksonvilles 36 losses over the last three seasons, 22 of them were by double digits. Caldwell had one of the NFLs least-competitive teams in recent memory in 2013, and it wasnt a whole lot better the following year.The Jaguars are just 3-20 in the first two months of the season during the Caldwell era, including 1-10 in September.I remember us sitting at 0-7, 0-8, maybe 0-9 (and taking a) drink of scotch, Caldwell joked.Jacksonville is counting on those days being done. If not, Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley could be in trouble. Owner Shad Khan already has said that everyones reasonable expectation for 2016 is a winning record.Caldwell agreed.To have a winning record is probably a reasonable expectation, Caldwell said. I think hes going to make a decision at the end of 16 games and say this is going in a direction that I like or this is not going in a direction that I like.The Jaguars believe they are headed in the right direction.With quarterback Blake Bortles, tight end Julius Thomas and receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, the Jags expect to continue making strides on offense. And defensive tackle Malik Jackson, safety Tashaun Gipson and cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and Prince Amukamara should make immediate impacts on a revamped defense.The Jaguuars should have a good idea how they stack up after playing the Packers, who have made the playoffs seven straight years.ddddddddddddIm not real huge into predictions and all that stuff, but Im confident that the product were putting out there is better than the product that weve had in the years since Ive been here, since probably `07, veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis said. Very competitive. The fight is different. The feeling is different. I can say that and be genuine in it.The Jaguars felt like 2015 would be different, too. Bradley even raised eyebrows before the season by saying its built. Then they opened the season 1-5 and essentially ruined all the positive vibes for a franchise that hasnt made the postseason since 2007.We want to be a different team. We want to come out and show people were a different team, said Jackson, who came to Jacksonville after winning the Super Bowl with Denver. I dont know if playing Green Bay to start the season is good or bad. But its what we have to do. At the end of the day, thats who they put on our schedule for the first game. ... They could have given us the Super Bowl champs and we would have gladly gone out there and played them.Winning or losing the opener realistically means little. There have been plenty of teams start slow and make the playoffs, and just as many start fast and fade down the stretch.For Caldwell, early success might be better measured in terms of how the Jaguars handle -- or overcome -- adversity.The previous years I felt like we had to be perfect just to be in a game late, where here we can overcome a bad play, a fumble, a backed-up situation, a deficit, Caldwell said. Offensively we can score quickly and defensively I think we can hold the fort down.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' '

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