How many cancellations before Holyfield takes a hint?

Here's Holyfield with another Evander, Mr. Kane, of the Thrashers. Pretty sure Kane will make more money this year. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Here's Holyfield with another Evander, Mr. Kane, of the Thrashers. Pretty sure Kane will make more money this year. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Evander Holyfield turns 47 years old on Oct. 19. That basically means if he was writing three blogs a day, he would almost be just like me — because nobody will pay either one of us to fight.

There are three words associated with every boxing-related event: subject to change. That was reaffirmed Wednesday when it was learned boxing organizers in South Korea could not/would not/decided they should not come up with only $250,000 to cover Holyfield’s purse for a non-title fight Nov. 8.

Holyfield has lost his last two fights. He is 6-7-2 in his last 15 bouts. That basically means he’s still alive for an NHL playoff spot but dead in boxing. He last held a piece of the heavyweight title 10 years ago,  give or take a CAT scan. The pleas for him to retire have been loud and frequent, which is really significant when you consider heavyweight boxing these days hardly is flooded with indestructable forces.

But what has happened over the past few months sends an even louder message about how far Holyfield has fallen.

He was supposed to go to Ethiopia for a non-title fight, ostensibly to raise funds for AIDS charities. Holyfield went there months ahead of time to negotiate the deal, came home but never went back. Why Because his payment never arrived. The government said it would fund the event, but never mailed a check.  So the event was canceled.

It’s like everybody eventually stops and thinks, “Wait, why are we paying this guy?”

The South Korea fight also was to come against a minor opponent. Holyfield took it to curry  favor with WBC president Jose Sulaiman, who wanted to stage a bout in conjunction with his convention. In return, Sulaiman said Holyfield would get a title shot against Vitali Klitschko.

Manager Ken Sanders claims Holyfield will still get the Klitschko fight. Referring to Sulaiman, Sanders told our contributor Michael Tierney, “His word is pretty good.”

Seriously?

Holyfield has no contract for a title fight. Not that it matters. In boxing, breaking a contract is standard operating proceedure. But Sanders is going to hold Sulaiman to his “word”?

I like Holyfield. Always have. But at some point, he needs to take a hint. When nobody will give you even the boxing equivalent of change between the couch cushions, it’s over.

39 comments Add your comment

Stephen

October 7th, 2009
4:15 pm

I was curious about the Taco Bell training regiment with his mother in his corner.

Jeff Schultz

October 7th, 2009
4:23 pm

He got that me. I’ve always trained on double-stuffed burritos.

Reid Adair

October 7th, 2009
4:28 pm

It would seem a bit unlikely that someone who is 6-7-2 in his last 15 bouts, and has lost two in a row, has any semblance of a guarantee for a fight with Klitschko.

Dill Dawg

October 7th, 2009
4:36 pm

Maybe he could square off against Herschel Walker in an MMA event? I would be willing fork over some of unemployment check to see that fight!

Paul H

October 7th, 2009
4:36 pm

The Taco Bell commercial makes him out to be 6′7″. Coincedence? I think not.

Paul H

October 7th, 2009
4:37 pm

Dill Dawg – that’s actually not a bad idea at all.

All I'm Saying Is...

October 7th, 2009
4:43 pm

Most people like Evander on a personal level (including me based on what little I know of him) so the following is not a personal attack but the bottom line is this: Evander is going to keep fighting until all of his ten or twelve kids turn 18 and his child support payments finally end. Until that day, he’s got obligations and no other career alternatives.

yep

October 7th, 2009
4:45 pm

He is just “taking his mother to lunch.” Or as he says it, “I’m taking my muva to lunch.” I happen to think his mother is a very handsome woman.

JSS

October 7th, 2009
4:45 pm

Like”The Apprentice” -vs- “Dancing With The Stars,” even at 47, Holyfield would destroy Herschel…

Bat Masterson

October 7th, 2009
4:49 pm

Man, I would hate to have his overhead. How many kids does he have, 15, more? An ex wife or two, a gargantuan house, other houses as well. I’m sure the guy could use a paycheck. I mean, Jesus have you seen that Taco Bell commercial, woooo….da$n…….

JTH

October 7th, 2009
4:55 pm

He should have used some of those millions he’s burned through to get a vasectomy.

All I'm Saying Is...

October 7th, 2009
4:55 pm

Wikipedia says he has 11 kids and that $3,000 a month is the going rate for him for child support payments. That’s over $30,000 a month…over $300,000 a year….Just. For. The. Kids. OUCH!

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

October 7th, 2009
5:06 pm

JTH…you are a genious and you stole my post…..

Bob from Winder

October 7th, 2009
5:31 pm

He is broke and he needs to fight.
What other talent does this pug have? garbageman or cab driver?
He might get a bailout

JSS

October 7th, 2009
5:35 pm

Until the “Octomom” has a hysterectomy and Donald Trump & Jon Goselin get the snip, leave “Philanderer” out of it…

Bat Masterson

October 7th, 2009
5:39 pm

He might get a bailout

Well he did say, not long ago, he was having liquidity problems.

JSS

October 7th, 2009
5:42 pm

Calling his producer friend over at Paramedia (producers of TMZ), hey let me pitch this idea… Evander and the Octomom… Blind Baby Momma Date… (hello, hello…)

Herschel Talker

October 7th, 2009
5:57 pm

Schultzie – maybe he should take over as manager for the Braves. That would upgrade both his career and the current managerial position. Seems win-win to me.

jeff shultz is still mighty smart

October 7th, 2009
6:13 pm

Evander may be a nice guy, but cmon man. Who can name any of his last five fights. Or even where were thy held? The only thing he has done in the lsat five years……..? Besides the Taco bell ads, which does what to his reputation?

SWAT Native

October 7th, 2009
6:24 pm

I can remember Jerry Glanville (when he was Falcons coach) saying that he hoped Holyfied wouldn’t fight anymore because he didn’t want to see him get hurt. That had to be at least 15 years ago. And he’s still fighting…

Sonny

October 7th, 2009
7:06 pm

Re: jeff shultz is still mighty smart

Yes I can name them – two of which were for heavyweight titles.

Nikolai Valuev – Decision loss
Sultan Ibragimov – Decision loss
Lou Savarese – Decision win
Vincent Maddalone – TKO
Fres Oquendo – Decision win

He clearly was robbed in the Valuev fight, Ibragimov ran the whole time, Lou Savarese was knocked down, Maddalone was beaten bloody and Oquendo was knocked down.

Just a reminder that he is still a pretty bad man in the ring.

Cheers!

Ted Striker

October 7th, 2009
7:38 pm

Holyfield is trying to outlast Paterno, Bowden, and Dear Abby.

Slide Rule

October 7th, 2009
7:53 pm

I hear that “Weekend at Bernie’s Part III” is going to be based on Joe Pa and Penn State.

OldTimer

October 7th, 2009
8:13 pm

I saw Holyfield once. He was standing on the bleachers, it was 7 in the morning, at a track meet at Westminister. He was alone, He was there in support of his specials needs child. I was there in support of mine.The reason he doesn’t quit is because he can’t.

sansho1

October 7th, 2009
8:58 pm

A public records search reveals that Evander has lost 6 to 8 properties to foreclosure already this year, and other mortgages have been transferred very recently, which these days usually presages more foreclosures. Add in his child support, and Evander is going to end up destitute, soon. I know there are lots of people who get their rocks off skewering others for bad choices — and, clearly, Evander has made more than his share — but if you ever rooted for him you ought to find this sad. I know I do.

Ed-Covington

October 7th, 2009
9:07 pm

Oh for the days of Ali, Foreman, Norton and Frazier; even Patterson and Liston. Heavyweight boxing meant something then. It, as well as all sports, has declined in quality. Never thought I would see the day when more people would rather watch golf than boxing.
Did the liquidity remark have anything to do with the vasectomy remark?

Ed-Covington

October 7th, 2009
9:14 pm

BTW; I’m a big Holyfield fan, understand he had a beeatch of an ex that soaked him in a divorce. I hope things work out for him. He has become a caricatured stereotype of the aging athlete who squandered his fortune and is forced to keep plying his trade beyond his prime. Used to ride by his huge estate; can’t imagine he lost it all.

Steven

October 7th, 2009
9:32 pm

Jeff, I wish you would mention the fact that Atlanta’s own Kevin Johnson has been tentatively scheduled to fight Vitali Klitschko on December 12 in Switzerland for the heavyweight title. Even Espn has been reporting it.

Producer

October 7th, 2009
9:59 pm

No disrespect to Herschel, but Holyfield would destroy him faster than Tyson knocked out Marvis Frazier. 5th degree black belt or not, point fighting in karate does not a professional fighter make. At least Marvis was a pro boxer in the first place. I’ll be worried for Walker’s safety in the mixed martial arts thing. 47 isn’t the prime age to do this kind of thing. Some better, faster and younger punk will want to make a name for himself off of Herschel. Don’t do it, my friend.

Ted Striker

October 8th, 2009
2:10 am

OldTimer: Poignant perspective. Thank you. Sincerely.

Jeff: While I’d rather see E.H. retire and hang out with babes half his age — after getting snipped — I gots no personal issue with him sticking around for a few more bouts in the ring. T.K Wetherell be damned, let Holyfield do things on his own terms.

He could’ve quit in 1992 Decembre (I speak french, it impresses chicks) but quitting then wasn’t who he was.

For what it was — not much coming from Striker — he should’ve been crowned the WBA champion in Switzerland in Dec ‘08. I was front row ringside and he got robbed.

That said, “boxing titles” are a joke nowadays. The credibility of boxing ranks somewhere beneath the credibility of the BCS and election results in Sudan.

catlady

October 8th, 2009
7:36 am

You mean “election results in FLORIDA”, don’t you?

Ted Striker

October 8th, 2009
12:02 pm

Catlady Reference: election results in Sudan and south FL, 2000. About the same.

Main difference is that “hanging Chad” for Sudan refers to what they did to their neighbors in the country to the west when they went into to Borota, Ade and Moudaina.

Edward

October 8th, 2009
8:33 pm

“He is 6-7-2 in his last 15 bouts. That basically means he’s still alive for an NHL playoff spot but dead in boxing.”

Well played.

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calobo110648

October 15th, 2009
9:44 am

If EH got 10 more fights, I doubt that the paultry purses would make a dent in his financial quagmire.

Holy Hinn and Holyfield

October 15th, 2009
9:51 am

……..The esteemed Pastor Benny Hinn could do another miracle for him..

Taco Bell --Payroll Department

October 15th, 2009
9:54 am

EH has a beautiful Mama!

Doc Savge

October 17th, 2009
12:07 pm

Name another Heavyweigt you would rather see fight. He stays in shape and he is still a warrior

The D.O.C. from the ATL

January 10th, 2010
11:43 am

Doc Savge is on point. Name “ANY” other Heavyweight you would rather see fight. (All jokes aside)