Just when it seems it can’t get any worse in boxing, it does. On Saturday night Vitor Belfort knocked out Evander Holyfield in one round with mostly body shots. Holyfield is 58 years old and had no business in a boxing ring; the state of California knew this, so the promoters moved the fight to Florida where it’s alright for a 58-year-old man with a ton of wear and tear on his body to fight a 44-year-old man who was a recently active fighter.
Evander Holyfield got stopped in under two minutes by an MMA fighter! This is the same Holyfield who went toe to toe with George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Riddick Bowe, and Ray Mercer, just to name a few. It seems most boxing events are just sideshows, and the sad thing is you can be licensed in one state and not in another.
What makes side-show events like this possible? That’s easy actual fighters don’t fight anymore! Crawford/Spence should have happened on Saturday night, hell we have a heavyweight champion who hasn’t defended his title in a year and a half.
I used to think it was funny when people would say boxing was dying; I don’t find it that funny anymore as I realize they may be right! I don’t find myself caring anymore, and events like Saturday night are not helping. No, I didn’t pay 50 dollars to watch one of my all-time favorite fighters get executed by a man that could not have lasted one round with a prime Holyfield. Boxing is a parody of itself anymore; boxers are tough, but in a case like this they need to be saved from themselves. They are supposed to want to be legends, and unfortunately, we live in a day and age where the almighty dollar defines greatness. People think Floyd Mayweather could beat Sugar Ray Leonard, and he couldn’t have because the Leonard of the early 80s was a monster seeking greatness. In the entire 21 years of this century so far, the list of truly great fighters who take chances has dwindled each year. Does that type of fighter even exist anymore?