Brett Favres of Boxing: 15 Fighters Who Just Need to Retire (With Video)
There are a lot of things that I love about boxing and, well, to put it mildly a lot of things that I loathe about boxing.
One of the things that almost everyone hates is seeing former greats fighting past their prime and racking up unnecessary losses.
This is something that has gone on since boxing started and will go on forever. The problem is the boxer decides when he stops fighting and no one can tell him no.
Sure there are commissions that can deny a license, but there is always a loophole. As long as you have a name and can generate some money, you will have a home in the ring.
These guys have a big enough name and just enough left to keep people coming. Hopefully they will look at Brett Favre and turn in their retirement papers very soon.
No. 15: Rafael Marquez (39-6 35 KO)
Marquez would of been a lot higher on this list if it wasn't for the great effort he put out against Juan Manuel Lopez.
Either way, Marquez is 35 years old and has fought in a lot of wars. He has given us fans a lot to cheer about and any fight that he has from here on out could be his last.
He has big power and can drop anyone at anytime so he probably is going to stay around for just a little too long.
No. 14: Francois Botha (47-5 28 KO)
We have the first old heavyweight on the list and one that is coming off a loss to older Evander Holyfield (more on him later).
Botha is famous for getting his lights turned out by Mike Tyson. If he steps up, he gets knocked out as all five losses he has had are by knockout.
His losses are to Michael Moorer, Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko, and an ancient Evander Holyfield.
No. 13: Zab Judah (40-6 27 KO)
That video above should tell you all you need to know about Judah at this point. He would of wiped the floor with a guy like Matthysse in his prime.
The problem here is Judah is on a four fight win streak and is fighting for the IBF light welterweight title in his next fight.
This doesn't mean he is still near the top of the division and just tells you how much politics play a role in boxing.
No. 12: Paulie Malignaggi (28-4 6 KO)
Believe it or not but Malignaggi is coming off a win where he moved up in weight and knocked someone out!
It was the first knockout win for "The Magic Man" in over three years (the fight was in 2010). Despite the good news, Malignaggi can't punch at all and has really bad hands.
He is only 3-3 in his last six fights and has been exposed by the better fighters in whatever division he is fighting in.
His speed is only getting worse as he gets older and really that was his only advantage.
No. 11: Juan Diaz (35-4 17 KO)
Just four years ago Diaz was looked at as the future of the lightweight division and he had a great back story to boot.
Now Diaz is 1-3 in his last four and you can argue that he should be 0-4. He has lost to Juan Manuel Marquez twice and Paulie Malignaggi.
His only win was against Malignaggi and that was considered by a most a gift from the Texas judges. Diaz clearly isn't the same fighter and should take his college degree and bid adieu to boxing.
No. 10: Jeff Lacy (25-4 17 KO)
Lacy was thought to be the next great American power puncher and then he ran into Joe Calzaghe. He was beaten to a pulp over 12 rounds in 2006 and was never the same.
He hasn't knocked anyone out since then and has gone 4-3 with his only wins against below average fighters.
His losses are to Jermain Taylor, an ancient Roy Jones Jr. and Dhafir Smith who was 23-19-7 coming in. "Left Hook" used to be feared, but there is a line to fight him now.
No. 9: William Joppy (39-7-2 30 KO)
Joppy was once a good middleweight, but that was between 1996 and 2003. He is 0-3-1 in his last four and has not beaten a fighter of note since Howard Eastman in 2001.
The amazing part is that Joppy is coming of a sixth round knockout loss to Beibut Shumenov for the WBA and IBA light heavyweight titles.
No. 8: Winky Wright (51-5-1 25 KO)
Wright is 1-2-1 in his last four and has lost his last two. He has only fought four times since 2006 and is currently scheduled to come back in April of this year.
Wright is old (38) and way too inactive to be beating top level fighters.
No. 7: Erik Morales (51-6 35 KO)
Morales lost four straight from 2005 to 2007 and called it quits for three years. He fought three times in 2010 winning all three, but it was against marginal competition.
He won the vacant ridiculous WBC sliver light welterweight title and is slated to fight Juan Manuel Marquez in April of this year.
Morales would be better served to retire than take a beating from Marquez.
No. 6: Marco Antonio Barrera (66-7 43 KO)
Barrera recently said he would be retiring at the end of this year and hopefully he will keep his word. He is 3-3 in his last six and hasn't beaten anyone of note in that span.
He was thoroughly outclassed by Amir Khan in his most recent loss and just isn't the same as he was before.
Hopefully he can get some more wins and call it a day before racking up more losses.
No. 5: Antwun Echols (32-15-4 28 KO)
Echols is 1-10-3 in his last 14 fights. Yes you read that right 1-10-3. His only win is against a fighter who was 0-8-2.
In those 10 losses he was knocked out five times and has been knocked out in his last two fights. Quite frankly I have no idea why commissions keep licensing him.
No. 4: DeMarcus Corley (37-15-1 22 KO)
Corley is 1-4 in his last fight, but has only been knocked out one time in that span. Corley was a title holder once upon a time, but is far removed from it.
He loses to most fighters nowadays, but has the chin and name that he keeps getting jobs. Two fights ago he went the distance with Marcos Maidana who is one of the biggest punchers in the game.
He is currently scheduled to fight this weekend against Lucas Matthysse.
No. 3: Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2 32 KO)
This may be a bit of a surprise, but Hopkins is getting old and has looked bad in two of his last three fights. He looked terrible against Roy Jones Jr. and Enrique Ornealas before looking great against Jean Pascal.
I love Hopkins and what he almost did against Pascal, but he just lured a dumb young fighter into fighting his fight.
At 46, his window is closing rapidly and it's only a matter of time before he sullies his legacy.
No. 2: Roy Jones Jr. (54-7 40 KO)
Jones Jr. was the greatest fighter of the 1990's and one of the best ever, but he just can't hang them up. He is 2-3 in his last five and the two wins were against totally washed up fighters.
He was knocked out in one of the losses and was totally outclassed in the other two. Jones Jr. is just sullying his legacy every time he steps into the ring.
No. 1: Evander Holyfield (43-10-2 28 KO)
The man is 48 years old and he thinks he can still become the undisputed heavyweight champion. He is 1-2 in his last three fights and almost won the heavyweight title two fights ago.
He last meaningful win was against Hasim Rahman in a WBA title eliminator in 2002. Eight years ago was his last meaningful fight. I think that's all you need to know.