Who would have
thought that one would be writing about Evander
Holyfield in 2011? Yet here we
are, writing about Evander Holyfield fighting
Sherman Williams in a battle that will determine
the World Boxing Federation Heavyweight
Championship, just in case you really care.
Williams qualified to fight for the World
Boxing Federation Heavyweight Championship despite
losing to Manual Charr, a heavyweight prospect
some fifteen months ago.
would be considered a trial horse and Evander
Holyfield used to fight these kinds of fighters on
his rise to the heavyweight championship and now
he fights these kinds of fighters on his way
toward an eventual retirement.
Holyfield's dream is one more championship. This
fight was considered a marketing tool toward a
championship bout and it was just two years ago,
Holyfield nearly defeated the giant Nikolay Valuev
for his WBA championship in a bout marked by
occasional flurries after a lengthy period of
the dream to continue, even in defeat.
In a night marked by
the surreal, Holyfield came in at a fit 224 lbs. and
say what you want, Holyfield has always kept in
shape but boxing is not about being in shape or
looking sculptured but about fighting.Williams showed up close to 260 pounds on a
5 foot 11 inch frame, a miniature fire plug. With
near naked women dancing to Clarence Clemons
saxophone in between rounds and fights, Holyfield
promoted this as Redemption but Redemption from
what, who knows.
In the first round,
Holyfield bounced and moved as he jabbed before
following up with combination.
Holyfield circled, using his height to its
advantage as he doubled jab the shorter Williams.
Williams initialed some clinches but managed to
get an overhand right at the bell but it would
appear that he lost the first round.
The second round
began with a triple jab by Holyfield as Williams
kept his arms crossed in front of him.Holyfield followed with a five punch
combination and forced Williams into the rope but
as the round progressed, Williams finally
connected on solid shots; forcing Holyfield to
Holyfield threw a
nice lead right followed by a quick hook to open
the third round. Williams flicked some jabs before
landing some body shots.
Holyfield started to bleed from a head butt in the
previous round and Williams landed an overhand
right on the cut eye.Williams
landed a second overhand right and rocked
Holyfield with a left hook, followed by a solid
outside but Williams rocked Holyfield by yet
another right hand.Over the
last minute, Holyfield looked hurt and old.Sherman Williams, a 37 year old journeyman
put some hurt on the former champion but lucky for
Holyfield, the fight was called due to accidental
head butt and classified as a no contest.
As one boxing fan
wrote, "They put this fight on pay for view so no
one would see the fight."ĚThis
comment summed up what much of the internet
thought as many wondered why was this pay for
view, much less why was this even promoted.
Holyfield has long
since left his best in the ring and the old
warrior found himself hurt and dazed against a
fighter that would have been nothing than sparring
session if he faced Williams in his prime.
For Holyfield, the
Holy Grail is a champion but at 48 and long shorn
of his great ability, Holyfield looked but a
shadow of himself but then, he has been but a
shadow for over a decade.
With a bout scheduled
against Brian Nielsen in Denmark, Holyfield is
trapped by illusion that the next fight will be
the one that he discovers his fountain of youth
but father time catches up with all athletes. His
career is over and has been for a long time.Illusions can keep a fighter fighting long
after his prime but illusions can be a dangerous
thing.When Evander looks in
the mirror, he sees a well trained body ready to
rumble but when he gets in the ring, reaction that
was once cat like quick is now merely slow motion
version.The punches that were
thrown in bunches with a blink of an eye are now a
fraction of second slower.In
boxing, fraction of seconds is the difference
between championships victories or an old man
getting nailed with solid shots.