QUOTE (BrutalBodyShots @ Dec 30 2010, 01:47 AM)
OK, so back to my post topic...
It seems that most in this thread are of the opinion that Holyfield is actually a pretty good heavyweight today considering the division sucks. Many believe he would give a Klitschko a better fight than most other heavyweights out there.
So, that said... why is he wasting his time with the Williams' and Nielsen's of the world? Why go from fighting top 10-20 heavyweights to guys that aren't even ranked?
Seems like a step in the wrong direction. Holyfield last I heard still has the dream of becoming the "undisputed heavyweight champ of the world" and to get there he needs to fight belt holders, or fight fights that will line him up with shots at belt holders. If he were just fighting to fight, and had no goal than I'd say the guys he's taking on now are acceptable. This to my knowledge is not the case though.
But see you are thinking as if Holy is some guy that needs to earn his shot....you are forgetting that with a guy like Holyfield his name does most of the work. I'm not saying he should be above having to work up the ranks...in a perfect world it would not work like that...but in reality...if you have established yourself your name will do much of the work for you.
As a promoter...why risk putting your older fighter in with the like of any of the decent (and I use that loosely) top ten...such as an Ademak or even Arreola..when you can feed him the likes of Williams and Neilson and STILL make money and eventually get a shot with maybe 4 fights or so.
From a purely matchmaking standpoint...it's the smart thing to do with an old fighter. With a guy like Holyfield you set him up with what should be easy fights and then get him the one shot that could end up with the loss...the championship fight.
You don't do like Shelly Finkle and his people and set up your aging fighter with giants, knowing full well that taller guys gave him an issue when he was young...why in the would would you serve them up now as he is getting older.
Although I got the Lewis matchup due to the $$$...I NEVER understood putting him in with Williams and McBride...that was so damn dumb.
I've always said it...with these old guys...matchmaking is everything and if you do it smart...you can and will get them that big money fight.
A few years back when Holy got his TWO shots it was built off of 4 fights....Bates, Fres, Maddalone and Savarese. Not exactly a spectacular list, the only real threat of the bunch being Fres...but it got the shots with a minimum of risk. It put Holyfield back in the public's mind and his name did the rest....it did not matter that his reflexes were shot...that he was old as hell...
NOW...that was 3-4 years ago...there is even LESS to pick from now than there was then. The Botha fight got him back in the news again....this tune up with Williams will do the same...then it's off to Denmark to take on Neilson....I don't think it's coincidence that they have chosen a fighter that will generate news in Europe either.
Botha, Williams and Neilson with maybe one extra thrown in for good measure should get him right back in the mix. AND...if you just had to toss in a top ten guy for good measure...even at his age, I think there are a couple that Holy could get a win over...say Peter or an outside 10 guy like Gomez.
I myself think it's very smart.