Evander Holyfield said last week that he was going to officially announce his retirement from boxing today during the celebration of his 50th birthday. "The game's been good to me and I hope I've been good to the game. I'm 50 years old and I've pretty much did everything that I wanted to do in boxing," said Holyfield.
He has changed his mind and he wants to keep fighting. "I already told people that I was going to retire, but this morning, when I woke up, I thought about it some more and now I'm not going to retire," said Holyfield.
Holyfield wants to continue his boxing career even though a Klitschko-Holyfield bout will never happen. "Many, many times Holyfield has said that he wants to fight with me or my brother - but I refuse to go against him in the ring. He is my idol," said Vitali Klitschko.
Holyfield is a legendary fighter that has not ducked any opponents. He fought the best heavyweight boxers of his generation such as Lennox Lewis, George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Larry Holmes. And no other elite heavyweight in the 90's fought tougher competition than Holyfield.
Holyfield is also one of the toughest boxers ever. Several of his bouts he bounced back from the verge of defeat, and he won fights that no one thought he could win. Likewise, Holyfield was a determined fighter that ignored critics that said he was too small to fight in the heavyweight division.
However, it is sad that Holyfield will keep boxing at 50 years old. And Holyfield is not like the age-defying Bernard Hopkins because he has been past his prime for over a decade. It also has been a long time since he beat an elite heavyweight fighter.
Holyfield's biggest strength is his determination and stubbornness and it is also his biggest weakness. He just will not accept that it is time to hang up his gloves for good. And no one wants to see this living legend get hurt in the ring. So I hope, he will come to his senses and finally retire from boxing.
Loren Robinson has watched and studied boxing for the past 12 years. He has written for boxing websites such as boxingnews24.com, eastsideboxing.com and pinoygreats.com. You can find more of his writing at the site www.lorenrobinson.com or you can follow him on Twitter, @PowerofWords22
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