11/17/2004 5:53am, #1
Holyfield 0wn3d, stripped of boxing license.
From Yahoo! Sports:
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.
Rudy Reyes > Bear Grylls
11/17/2004 6:25am, #2
he needs to quit. he isnt hoost- when you start losing to nobodies, its time to pack it in.
11/17/2004 10:12am, #3
Where does it say he was stripped of his license?
11/17/2004 10:18am, #4
It doesn't far as I can tell...Ka-Bar?Regards,
"Na'h, they should go to old school rules.
One guy gets sword and sheild, the other gets a net and a trident.
Lions eat christians between rounds." - Strong Machine
11/17/2004 11:15am, #5
The New York State Boxing Commission won't let him fight there anymore. Heard it on the radio this morning.Regardless, that doesn't change the fact that kickboxing is commonly known as fighting while grappling simply isn't. - Osiris
11/17/2004 11:20am, #6
Boxers are the ONE athelets that should NEVER hang in there past their "prime".
Holyfield's speach is so slurred as it is, anymore brain damage and who knows what can happen to him.
Boxers are fighters and they NEED people to look after them, and not let them fight beyond their capacity.
The rules MUST be enforced.
This was a good call.
11/17/2004 12:14pm, #7Originally Posted by CrimsonTiger
Rudy Reyes > Bear Grylls
11/17/2004 12:16pm, #8
Monday, November 15, 2004
NYSAC chairman: 'It's time the bleeding stopped'
ESPN.com news services
Even though he was dominated by Larry Donald on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield said he planned to keep boxing.
He won't be fighting again in the near future, if at all, if the New York State Athletic Commission has its way, however.
The NYSAC placed the 42-year-old Holyfield on indefinite medical suspension following his poor performance, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Since all other state commissions will honor New York's suspension, Holyfield has to be cleared by Dr. Barry Jordan of the commission before he can fight anywhere else in the United States.
"I'm not looking to end his career if it's not warranted, but the health and safety of the boxer is the main concern of the state commission," NYSAC chairman Ron Stevens told the newspaper. "To my practiced mind, Holyfield shouldn't be fighting anymore. It's the responsibility of the state athletic commission to save a boxer from himself. Evander Holyfield has absorbed enough punishment throughout his great career. It's time the bleeding stopped.".....Seventh: If you think TKD doesn’t work, your right, until you get the side of you face smashed with a roundhouse kick. -- ronin69
It's just that I carry weapons and have no moral compass anymore. -- JKDChick
At least until the Wing Chun clown car arrives. --JKDC
11/17/2004 8:09pm, #9Originally Posted by ImAlrdyNum
11/20/2004 9:59am, #10
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yeah what a terrible fight
got to give it to the man though, he is still in awesome shape
wow, i did not know they wont let him fight anymore . . .
i guess its to prevent things like what happen to most punchdrunk fighters, its for the best