Shopworn former four-time heavyweight titleholder Evander Holyfield told WBN on Thursday that he’s finally “moved on from fighting.”
Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs) hasn’t stepped into the squared circle since earning a 10th round TKO victory over Denmark’s Brian Nielsen in July 2011.
“I’m not really still thinking of fighting,” said Holyfield, 50, also a past cruiserweight king who captured a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
“I guess everybody has a point where it’s time for something else and I’ve been given that great opportunity now. I can use the exposure that I get to enlighten people and help other people become champions. At one point, I wanted to be the heavyweight champion of the world again. But, that was all about thinking about me. Now, with the work I do with Global Village Champions, I get the chance to impact on the world in a whole other way. And I find that it’s more pleasing to give than to receive. I still watch boxing and I’m still a big fan of the sport. But, I’ve moved on from fighting.”
Defeated in five of his last 12 bouts, Holyfield was banned in August 2005 by the New York State Athletic Commission due to “diminishing skills.”
A financial cripple despite earning millions, “The Real Deal” has long been a rumored abuser of performance-enhancing drugs.
Regardless of any negative virtues, Holyfield is a warrior who deserves to be remembered as an iconic prizefighter.
Ranked as the Greatest Cruiserweight of all time by The Boxing Scene, Holyfield fought legends Lennox Lewis, George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Larry Holmes.
Thankfully finished chasing the Klitschko brothers like a loon, the native Atlantan knows “it’s time for something else.”
Accordingly, Evander Holyfield will soon “enlighten people” as an International Boxing Hall of Famer in Canastota, New York.