Holyfield 0wn3d, stripped of boxing license.
From Yahoo! Sports:
This article is partly funny, partly sad. I sometimes feel sorry for pro athletes who stay in the game way past their prime, but I feel okay after they retire to their mansions.
Former champ Holyfield loses again; Rahman wins via TKO
November 13, 2004
By David Gonzalez SportsTicker Contributing Writer
NEW YORK (Ticker) - Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield's career may have ended in the arena where it started.
The 42-year-old Holyfield, who looked slow and nothing like the warrior who helped carry the division over the last 15 years, was beaten easily in lackluster 12-round effort against unheralded Larry Donald at Madison Square Garden.
Almost 20 years to the day he made his professional debut here after winning a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics, Holyfield (38-8-2) was unable to get anything going as Donald controlled most of the action.
"It was a tought fight," Holyfield said. "I did my best. I bit off more than I can chew. Larry's style is difficult. I might have had the wrong fight at the wrong time. In life you have setbacks."
Holyfield, who has waged war with the biggest names in the division, had little snap and power in his punches. He did have a moment in the 10th, but his quest to capture a share of the heavyweight crown may have come to an end.
"I have never given up on anything," Holyfield said. "If I have a change in the heart, I could change my mind. I still believe I could rise to the occasion."
A 1992 Olympian, the 37-year-old Donald (42-3-2) won 119-109, 119-109 and 118-108.
"Evander is a great champion," Donald said. "I did what I had to do to win. I didn't look at him as being too old."
Donald landed 40 percent (260-of-643) of his punches and nearly half of his power 333 power blows. Holyfield, who landed just 78 punches throughout the fight, fell to 2-5-2 in his last nine fights.
"I thought I hurt him a few times," Holyfield said. "I just did not get off enough. He was a quick guy with good movement."
Another former titleholder, Hasim Rahman, faced little resistance and overwhelmed Kali Meehan of Australia en route to a fourth-round stoppage.
Rahman (40-5-1, 33 KOs) took the fight to Meehan from the opening bell, piecing together one of his best performances of his career. In the fourth round, he battered the larger Meehan (29-3), who had the fight halted by his corner at the end of the round.
Rahman, who held the title for seven months when he knocked out Lennox Lewis, now is the top rated challenger for all three spots in the heavyweight crown.
"I was focused, I am read to fight one of the champions tonight," Rahman said. "Who brings the most money, makes the most sense. I am in the best position in boxing."
Also on the undercard, 39-year-old former champ Oliver McCall lost a 10-round unanimous decision over fringe contender DaVarryl Williamson.
The highly competitive fight left both fighters battered and bruised, but it was Williamson (21-3) earning the unanimous decision. Two judges had it 9694 with the third scoring it 97-94.
"I absolutely did enough to win," Williamson said. "McCall was tough as night. His strategy seemed to walk me down and I was sticking and moving all the way. In the end, I think I scored the most telling blows."
McCall, who once held a share of the heavyweight title following a stunning upset of then-champion Lennox Lewis in September 1994, fell to 41-8.
"I felt rusty tonight," said McCall, who fought for just the fourth time in three years. "I was aggressive and that was part of my plan. I didn't spar like I want to. I just didn't execute, but I am not making any excuses."
They talk about Holyfield's slow reactions, I wonder if this is a precursor to Parkinson's or something similar.