JEFF POWELL: Evander Holyfield’s fight was creepy, obscene and potentially life-threatening…
There are times now when it’s hard to discern what Evander Holyfield is muttering.
On Saturday night, when the words were more intelligible, it was hard to believe what he was saying.
Let me describe in words of undeniable clarity what happened this weekend: disgraceful, shameful, obscene, horrific, horrific, outrageous.
Evander Holyfield’s first fight in 10 years was brutally ended on Saturday by Vitor Belfort
The 58-year-old replaced Oscar De La Hoya too late and was no match for his opponent
I could go on. But what’s most important now is to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.
By allowing Holyfield to return to the boxing ring, his now fragile brain functions were seriously compromised. Maybe his life. It’s not just that he’s 58. Not just that this is 10 years after he last fought.
The real crime is that this amazing man is no longer The Real Deal. Not the real Adonis anymore, although his remarkable dedication to training still builds muscle that gives a cosmetic illusion of strength and power.
The world’s only four-time heavyweight world champion, one of the noblest warriors in the annals of the hardest game, was trotted out to be humiliated by a 44-year-old retired cage fighter. The organizers of this monstrosity should get back under their rock.
It’s not as if they weren’t warned of the dangers. The California Boxing Commission refused sanctions, so they snuck to Florida, where they were allowed to call Holyfield as a replacement for Oscar De La Hoya against one Vitor Belfort. The only motivation for this was money.
However much they paid Holyfield, it wasn’t enough to compensate for his acute embarrassment as he nearly fell through the ropes, was knocked down by an Orthodox left jab, was rescued from a barrage of savage punches from hiding behind gloves he was holding. . up to the ears, once bitten by Mike Tyson. All in 10 seconds, less than one round.
Money was the only motivation for a fight that came to a welcome conclusion in the first round
President Trump, whose love of boxing bizarrely enticed him to be the ring announcer, knows more about the toughest game than the opportunistic entrepreneurs who pull aging boxers out of the shadows.
The prize ring is no place for old men.
They had gotten away with this cynical recycling of old legends. Until now. What happened to Holyfield made the dangers visible to all.
After gambling his hard-earned fortunes, Holyfield is probably going through some tough times. A classic throwback to the old days of this sport.
That’s why he says: ‘The ref stopped the fight too early. I still want my third fight with Iron Mike.”
Former US President Donald Trump was the ring announcer for the bizarre Florida spectacle
Promoters would be better off organizing boxing fundraisers than legends of the past
The solution is not to blame him and send him out to mess up the rest of his faculties.
Better these opportunistic promoters of the ghouls arrange fundraisers for Evander and heroes like him.
Stop these fights. Stop, for God’s sake and Holyfield. Stop this craze for a boxing veteran tour.
Stop before we stare at the battered face of a terrible tragedy.