Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Evander Holyfield: Real Deal or Real Problem?

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This past weekend, former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield inched closer toward possibly another world title shot--which titlist, remains to be seen--with a 12-round unanimous decision over non-contender and recently re-retired Lou Savarese.

Though I'll be the first to tell you that a 42-year-old heavyweight contender is nothing new (see Archie Moore, Foreman, and Larry Holmes, just to name a few) just what benefits they reap for the sport of boxing is another matter altogether.

Not to beat a dead horse, but of all the anti-boxing remarks Joe Rogan made during the ESPN interview, he did make at least one good and unfortunately, accurate point: Boxing relies on relics to keep itself in business.

There are some great fights around the corner and many would-be-tv-fighters ... if they were only given the exposure.

Back to MMA for a moment. Other than the great fights provided by the combatants, the fact of the matter is that the UFC is into building stars, not merely dusting them off every few years. Look, it was great for the UFC and the human spirit to see 43-year-old former UFC heavyweight champion Randy "The Natural" Couture pull off a huge upset and unseat unsteady UFC champion Tim "The Maniac" Sylvia.

While this result sent shock waves throughout MMA, it did not stagnate the UFC because the UFC does not rely on the heavyweight division or singular champions to to keep the train running.

Just like MMA has copied the successful molds which shape boxing (from nearly the same announcing styles, to coming together with athletic commissions to seek reform), boxing needs to take a page from the UFC and stop pillaging old names while consistently overlooking qualified up and comers.

I will start here:

Kelly Pavlik (terrific middleweight with a punch and a chin)

Edison Miranda (though he recently lost to Pavlik, he will be seen again)

Paul "The Punisher" Williams (this generations Tommy Hearns?)

Antonio Margarito (a fight with Williams next Saturday may provide some post-4th of July fireworks)

Manny Pacquiao (if it weren't for boxing, he may have been another great Asian action movie star)

Chad Dawson (speed, punch and shaky chin make him a must watch)

Those were but a few fighters I have mentioned. What are yours?

Next time:
Keeping up with MMA and boxing. Best sports combo around

1 comment:

  1. Holyfield will be alright as long as he is matched with faded, old fighters such as Savarese. However, he may well be hurt seriously against a young and hungry contender. In my opinion, he should just walk away from boxing since he has nothing more to prove. he cannot compete with the elite so he has little chance of winning a title.


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