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Will Evander Holyfield ever quit?

Evander Holyfield in a fight against Sherman Williams

Evander Holyfield in a fight against Sherman Williams on January 22, 2011 from West Virginia. Credit: Steven Limentani

Is it time for an intervention on Evander Holyfield? Far be it from the Neutral Corner to tell someone to quit, but Holyfield is 48 and should not be fighting. George Foreman fought into his late 40s, but that was a totally different scenario. Holyfield had been denied clearance by doctors previously.

His fight Saturday against Sherman Williams (34-11-2) in West Virginia was ruled a no-contest because of a cut over his left eye. Holyfield didn’t dispute the ruling. But Williams had an interesting take on a man he considers an idol.

“I root for him. He’s almost 50 and still training and performing. I admire what he’s done but it’s time to let younger guys fight and older guys do television commentary,” Williams said. “You’ve made sacrifices, won 4 world championships and fought in the Olympics. But this is a new time, a new era. Mr. Holyfield shouldn’t be taking punches from younger guys. That’s how I feel. It’s time for him to move on but, if he wants, we can do it again.”

Maybe it’s time for Holyfield to put an end to what is surely a hall-of-fame career. Even he admitted his immediate future as a boxer is in jeopardy.

“I’m cut,” Holyfield (43-10-2) said after the fight. “He head-butted me. He came down on me with his head. I don’t know about my next fight (March 5 vs. Brian Nielson in Denmark). I’m cut, I’m cut. I’ll give Sherman a rematch.”

He was a bit more contrite later on and seemed to be at peace with things. Maybe this means he finally realizes it may not be worth it. So many boxers end up with mental, physical and financial problems at the end of their careers. It would be a shame to see Holyfield to continue on his downward spiral.

“Stuff like this happens and I’ll shake it off. Hopefully, I’ll get this stitched up and it won’t be a problem. Life goes on, it’s part of boxing.”

That doesn’t sound like a man who’s looking forward to staying in the ring.


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