JEFF POWELL: Evander Holyfield’s battle was ghoulish, obscene and probably life-threatening… the 58-year-old’s return to the ring was solely motivated by cash and he needs to be prevented from placing himself in hurt’s means once more
- Evander Holyfield was stopped in brutal trend within the first spherical by Vitor Belfort
- This man is a far cry from the one who was a four-time world champion
- His well being and probably his life have been put in severe jeopardy by letting him battle
- It can be higher if opportunistic promoters to rearrange boxing fundraisers
There are occasions now when it’s tough to discern what Evander Holyfield is mumbling.
On Saturday night, when the phrases have been extra intelligible, it was laborious to consider what he was saying.
Let me describe in phrases of unmistakeable readability what passed off this weekend: Disgraceful, shameful, obscene, horrifying, grotesque, scandalous.
Evander Holyfield’s first battle in 10 years was brutally ended on Saturday by Vitor Belfort
The 58-year-old changed Oscar De La Hoya at late discover and was no match for his opponent
I might go on. But what issues most now could be ensuring nothing prefer it occurs once more.
Allowing Holyfield to return to the boxing ring put his now-fragile cerebral features in severe jeopardy. Perhaps his life. It is not only that he’s 58. Not solely that this got here 10 years after he final fought.
The true crime is that this nice man is not The Real Deal. No extra the true Adonis, though his outstanding dedication to coaching nonetheless builds muscle tissues which give a beauty phantasm of energy and energy.
The world’s solely four-time world heavyweight champion, one of many noblest warriors within the annals of the toughest recreation, was trotted out to be humiliated by a 44-year-old retired cage fighter. The organisers of this monstrosity ought to crawl again underneath their stone.
It’s not as in the event that they weren’t warned of the risks. The California boxing fee refused to sanction, in order that they slunk off to Florida the place they have been allowed to name up Holyfield as an alternative to Oscar De La Hoya towards one Vitor Belfort. For this, the one motivation was cash.
No matter how a lot they paid Holyfield, it wasn’t sufficient to compensate for his acute embarrassment at virtually falling by the ropes, being knocked down by an orthodox left jab, being rescued from a barrage of primitive punches from his hiding place behind gloves held as much as ears as soon as bitten by Mike Tyson. All in ten seconds, lower than one spherical.
Money was the one motivation for a bout that got here to a welcome conclusion within the first spherical
President Trump, whose love of boxing bizarrely tempted him into being the ring announcer, is aware of extra in regards to the hardest recreation than the opportunist entrepreneurs who’re bringing ageing pugilists out of the shadows. The prize-ring Is no place for previous males
They had been getting away with this cynical recycling of historic legends. Until now. What occurred with Holyfield uncovered the perils for all too see.
Having gambled away his hard-earned fortunes, Holyfield is probably going on laborious occasions. A basic throwback to the previous days of this sport.
Former US President Donald Trump was the ring announcer for the weird spectacle in Florida
Hence he’s saying: ‘The ref stopped the battle too quickly. I nonetheless need my third battle with Iron Mike.’
The answer is to not glove him up and ship him out to get the remainder of his schools scrambled.
Better that these opportunist promoters of the ghoulish prepare fund-raisers for Evander and heroes like him.
Promoters can be higher off organising boxing fundraisers than wheeling out past-it legends
Stop these fights. Stop, for Holyfield’s and God’s sake. Stop this fad for a boxing veterans’ tour.
Stop earlier than we’re staring on the battered face of a horrible tragedy.