Evander Holyfield vs. Sherman Williams: Will "Real Deal" Leave the Ring Alive?

Colin LinneweberSenior Writer IJanuary 21, 2011

Evander Holyfield is not physically the man he was in this photo.
Evander Holyfield is not physically the man he was in this photo.

Former four-time heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield will fight the iconic Sherman Williams tomorrow night at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Provided Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) is not cremated by Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), he is scheduled to battle the immortal Brian Nielsen (64-2, 43 KOs) next in March.

Holyfield, also a past cruiserweight titlist who captured a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, is now an antiquated 48.

"I want to show people I'm just as good as I was at 38 or 28," said Holyfield, who obviously doesn't remember how good he once was at age 28 when he defeated James “Buster” Douglas by a third-round knockout to capture the IBF, WBA and WBC heavyweight crowns in October 1990.

"Once they see me fight a good fight people will start talking about me and get past this thing that he's old.”

“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” badly needs to “get past this thing that he's old.”