Holy Moly

By Robert Ecksel on January 1, 2012
Holy Moly
"Technology is better. When you apply technology to health you see what you can do."


If you were to have asked Evander Holyfield what he wanted for Christmas, he’d have said there’s nothing he’d like more than another shot at the heavyweight crown.

The 49-year-old former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion—who admittedly looks great outside the ring—has sometimes looked not so great inside the ring. By why quibble over small things?

He’d like a shot at one of the Klitschkos, Wladimir, Vitali, it doesn’t matter which one, just so long as their last name is Klitschko and they hold a heavyweight title.

“Both of them are good fighters,” Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs) told boxingscene.com. “It doesn’t make a difference which one I fight. They would both be tough fights, but every fighter that I face is a tough fight. The thing is that I can make adjustments. The fighters that they face are young, younger than them, but they don’t have a pedigree. They don’t have a long amateur career like I did. You can’t beat a great fighter because you swing hard and are heavier than them. It takes a lot to beat the very best. You have to fight on the inside. You don’t look at what you can’t do. You look at what you can do. That is how you win a fight.”

I like Evander Holyfield. It’s hard not to like Evander Holyfield. He can still compete with Brian Nielsen, Sherman Williams, and Frans Botha. But the Klitschkos are a different kettle of fish. Given the choice, I’d rather not spend an evening watching Evander eat Wladimir’s jab. And a fight with Vitali, perish the thought, would be an execution Ukrainian-style.

“Look at Bernard Hopkins,” said Holyfield. “There is a guy who is 46 years old and can still do it. Technology is better. When you apply technology to health you see what you can do. A lot of these guys aren’t living like they are supposed to. When I turned 30 they said I was old. Now they don’t tell anyone they are old when they are 30. I train everyday because I realize that one of these days these guys are going to think I am not training and that they can get me but they are going to get got.”

The next time Hopkins fights someone five inches taller and 30 lbs. heavier than himself, make sure to let me know.

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  1. Pete The Sneak 05:51am, 01/03/2012

    Evander, Evander, I love you man, but just give it up dog. Good to hear you are staying in shape and hope you remain that way. Just don’t fight anymore…Peace.

  2. Lonesome Coyote 03:03pm, 01/02/2012

    When I come to think about Holyfield, he reminds me that he’s bull-shitted himself for years.

  3. Lonesome Coyote 03:00pm, 01/02/2012

    God bless the fighter who knows when to quit.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 08:53pm, 01/01/2012

    Uchiyama! Ouch! Viewer discretion advised!

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 08:44pm, 01/01/2012

    He has had a great career with some truly fan friendly exciting fights. Having said that, the defining fight in this latter part of his career is the Toney fight not the Valuev fight, as he would like the typical boxing fan, whose memory is shorter than his putz, to believe. Sherman Williams was getting after him as well, but let’s face it, even if Williams had Kayoed him he still would be calling out the Klitschkos.

  6. the thresher 08:06pm, 01/01/2012

    The normal has changed to a new norm, but NOT this new!!

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