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49-year-old former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield long ago stopped being a serious contender, and nowadays he's more well-known for being, well, kind of a crazy person, hanging on far past his in-ring expiration date, and claiming constantly he'll one day unify the world's heavyweight titles, despite the fact that in recent years he's been thoroughly outclassed by the likes of Sultan Ibragimov, and this year was probably lucky to get out of a fight with journeyman Sherman Williams in West Virginia with just a no-contest.
I could go into a whole thing where I remind you once again what a shame it is that this might wind up being the everlasting image of a once-great fighter, and a truly great fighter who will someday (hopefully soon) find himself in the Hall of Fame where he absolutely, positively, without a doubt belongs, but why? This is what Evander does now. So just digest it.
Holyfield is once again claiming that he can beat both Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko:
"For both of them it is only about where they can get the biggest purse. Well, they won't get the biggest purse against second-rate boxers, but against me because I am the best known active heavyweight boxer. But they don't want to take risks," Holyfield told L'Equipe.
"I want to retire as heavyweight champion of all federations ... I could beat them both."
Holyfield seems to believe that it's the Klitschkos hurting for money, and that they "need" him, but as everyone else on earth knows, they aren't and don't. Holyfield is an ancient non-factor in the division, and if he wants to go to Copenhagen and beat up a fat, retired Brian Nielsen, then more power to him. But I wish he'd stop trying to get into a fight with someone who matters. Nobody needs to see it.
I'll leave you to recall my previous thoughts on Wladimir's fight with Jean Marc Mormeck on December 10, though. If I go too far into it, I might admit I'd rather see Holyfield than Mormeck.