QUOTE (damarvelous1 @ May 31 2009, 01:00 PM)
LOL... What interest? When was the last time Evander fought on Americna T.V? his Blockbuster PPV against Savarese?
Nobody cares to see Evander fight anymore. Holyfield is OVER THE HILL. Yes, he did recieve a raw deal against Valuev but Evander has been on the flip side many times before. And my point of bringing up his MANY MANY children was becuase he's only fighting for money. Meanwhile there are guys like Arreola, Johnson, Scott, and Povetkin who still have a future that need to step up and fight. If Valuev fights Evander then shame on him. It makes me sick to my stomach to see guys like Holyfield, Meehan, Rahman, and Ruiz still getting title shots.
It was still a PPV....name one other fighter at 45+ OR any of today's younger fighters that could fight Saverese and have it be a PPV fight.
AND....his fight with Valuev showed that despite the age he still created interest in that region.
Guys like Tyson and Holyfield and even Bowe could announce a nothing fight with somebody like Cliff Couser and people would STILL be interested in the result.
You act as if this is the fighters fault....it is not.
And I think your nonsense about him only fighting for money is BS. As delusional as it may sound I really believe that Holyfield actually thinks he can become a HW champion again and even undisputed (something I myself do not think could ever happen)....believing that, I think it's more than money that makes him carry on....it's an unrealistic YET TRUELY believed idea that he can become champ again.
If you will think back to the mid 80's and early 90's....young guys like Holyfield, Bowe, Lewis......they STOLE big fights from guys like Dokes and Holmes by beating them or by creating their own fan interest by way of their own impressive wins.
These supposed young up and comers of today....they don't do that. They are content with a boring, unimpressive win over a journey man.....they are just fine with the press calling them a fat ass.....
Guys like Holyfield, Rock and Ruiz STILL get shots because the general public is so unimpressed by all of these talent lite fighters that you speak of.
And the reason they are unimpressive is because they refuse to carve out their own destiny through a hellish work rate (remember Mike Tyson fighting and KOing guys 6x per year?) through impressive KO's that are replay worthy, through kepping themselves in good shape and honing their craft.
So don't blame the old timers......it is the DUTY of young fighters to force them out through their deeds and actions in the ring.
AND....put yourself in their shoes....HONESTLY....if you were a 40+ ex HW champ and you were given a free title shot....would you not take it? I know I would.
Place the blame where it belongs!