About 15 years ago, a fight involving Evander Holyfield was one of the biggest events of the boxing year. That was the case as lately as 10 years ago, as a matter of fact. But now, whenever Evander Holyfield has a fight, people react with disbelief that he is still fighting, and worry for his reputation. But Holyfield is going at it again anyway, as the now 46-year-old former champions faces Nikolai Valuev in Zurich tonight.
Evander Holyfield was a famous boxing champion, back when most people actually knew who the heavyweight champions of boxing were. But Holyfield is part of what may be the last great era of boxing, and many would argue that continuing to fight is further tarnishing that era.
Now, instead of people remembering Holyfield best for all his victories and his fights with Mike Tyson, people remember Holyfield for going on and on and on with his career. Holyfield has not fought in 14 months, making the odds longer for him.
Holyfield is driven by two things now- to get yet another heavyweight title, and to pay off his various money problems.
Holyfield can accomplish at least one of those goals by facing WBA champion Valuev. The nearly undefeated Valuev is just one of the current heavyweight champions that very few people, even boxing fans, can name in America.
Valuev may be better known for being seven feet tall and 325 pounds, rather than being 49-1-1 with 33 KO’s. But Valuev will have a home-ring advantage on his side in Zurich.
The sight of the former champion facing a current champion of this size may just be a bit comical, unless Holyfield actually still has something left in the tank. Can Holyfield pull off a Rocky IV like victory over a giant champion, as well as a Rocky Balboa like showing as an aging champion many feel is past his prime?
Recent history for Holyfield, with several losses in the last few years, would seem to suggest otherwise. But it is unknown if a win or a loss would make Holyfield more likely to finally hang it up. Holyfield has endlessly said he would retire after winning another title, though few expect he will have a chance to live up to that promise tonight.
Holyfield vs. Valuev will air on pay-per-view tonight.
BetUS Locker Room- “Heavyweight Tilt Holyfield vs. Valuev” www.betus.com/sports-betting/other/free_picks/heavyweight-title-holyfield-vs-valuev/
East Side Boxing- “Another Step In the Journey: Holyfield Takes On Valuev For A Piece Of The Heavyweight Champion” www.eastsideboxing.com/news.php