Cut scuppers Holyfield

Veteran's plans on hold after 'no contest'

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Cut scuppers Holyfield

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Evander Holyfield's curious quest to return to the top of the heavyweight tree has taken another downward turn after he suffered a gashed eye against Sherman Williams on Saturday.

The fight was stopped in the third round after an accidental clash of heads had rendered Holyfield's vision to be obscured by blood, allowing 'The Tank' to land a series of blows.

The 48-year-old complained to the referee that he was unable to see properly and the fight was duly waved off as a 'no contest'.

It was meant to be a tune-up for Holyfield's next fight against Danish veteran Brian Nielsen in March, but plans for that clash could now be shelved.

However, the former undisputed champion once again vowed to return to the ring.

"I'll just have to make an adjustment," he said. "I've had 11 setbacks but I don't quit. I'll shake it off and I'll be back."

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Tomo Woodward says...

In response to Brian Linehan, I agree wholeheartedly, however it shouldn't be the case that the heavyweight division should be the main source of entertainment, not to imply that was your message. Watching the trilogy of Arturo Gatti vs Mickey Ward or Hagler vs Hearns, have provided some of the best action I can think of. The problem with the heaviest boxing division at the moment is there doesn't appear to be enough hungry up-and-comers to write home about, and if we're to see a legacy left by David Haye I think he will need a few more convincing defences under his proverbial belt.

Posted 18:48 24th January 2011

Anon Ymous says...

Time to leave it alone mate!

Posted 09:16 24th January 2011

William Gumble says...

Please Holyfield retire before you get hurt!!!

Posted 18:55 23rd January 2011

Brian Linehan says...

Such is the decline of Heavyweight boxing that 48yr old Evander is still a top draw. Full respect to the guy who is a true ring legend and unlike David Haye does have a legacy. The reality is that guys like this should retire in their prime but the heavyweight and light heavyweight division is so full of poor fighters that it gives guys like Jones, Hopkins and Holyfield plenty of incentive to stay on past their sell by dates and be competitive. When i think boxing now i think of Mayweather, Pacquiao, Khan, Marquez, Cotto etc... who give the crowd excitement and generate worldwide appeal. The heavyweight division is finished. Can't see where the next crop of talent is going to come from.

Posted 18:23 23rd January 2011

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