Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield Has Become a "Real" Disgrace to Boxing

Colin LinneweberSenior Writer INovember 2, 2010

Holyfield was great...In the 80s and 90s....
Holyfield was great...In the 80s and 90s....

Former four-time heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield’s scheduled Nov. 13 bout against the iconic Sherman Williams was postponed for the second time earlier this week.

Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) is now slated to scrap Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) Dec. 9 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Holyfield, also a past cruiserweight titlist who captured a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, will be 48 when he battles the 37-year-old Williams later this autumn.

“The Real Deal” is a warrior, and he deserves to be remembered as the legendary pugilist that he was in his heyday.

Unfortunately, Holyfield is now more decrepit than the entire cast of "The Golden Girls" and he should immediately relent and hang up his gloves.

“Holyfield is a classic case of not letting go,” said Ed LaVache, the owner of the Boston Boxing Club in Allston. “For a lot of these guys, boxing is all they know, and it’s the only way for them to make money. So, they keep fighting until the fight is lost in them.”

Holyfield, who has long been a rumored abuser of performance-enhancing drugs, was banned in August 2005 by the New York State Athletic Commission due to his “diminishing skills.”

Pathetically, boxing is a rogue business, and money is an even more sinister element in pugilism than it is in other sports.

Hence, Holyfield is still enabled to enter the ring.

Holyfield is delusional, and he firmly contends he will again become the undisputed king of the heavyweight division in the near future.

“The Real Deal” is in dire need of a dose of reality.