Evander Holyfield, nearing age 50, says he's done fighting. But will he really step away from boxing finally?
Evander Holyfield got stalked by TMZ in an airport, and didn't really say much of anything at all, but did say, "Yeah," when asked if he was done fighting, and did say, "No," when asked if he was pursuing another fight.
So of course this is reason enough to run with "Holyfield retires" or whatever, but is he really done fighting, or was he just brushing off an annoying dude while he was on the phone?
Holyfield, who turns 50 in a week, hasn't fought since beating washed-up Brian Nielsen in Denmark in May 2011, a few months after struggling to a no-contest over three rounds against Sherman Williams in West Virginia. Evander hasn't really had a good performance in years at this point, though he did deserve a win over Nikolai Valuev in December 2008, which would have made him a "world champion" again at age 46.
Hopefully, he really is done. There's always talk about him maybe fighting this guy or that guy, and I think -- knock on wood -- that 2012 will be the first year in recent memory that no one ran a story about some crazy trillionaire oil tycoon or the like trying to stage Tyson-Holyfield III.
But until the living legend makes a real, official statement, there's nothing concrete here, as far as I'm concerned.