It’s been more than fifteen years since Evander Holyfield’s infamous ‘bite fight’ with fellow heavyweight Mike Tyson. Since then Holyfield’s boxing career hasn’t had many memorable moments. So on Monday night, the now almost 50-year-old Holyfield told Sports Illustrated he’s finally had enough and he’s ready to hang up his gloves and retireMany veteran observers will say the decision is long overdue.
A little more than a decade ago, Holyfield was one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet, having generated more than a half-billion in pay-per-view receipts. Yet he won just eight of his last 18 fights. The New York State Athletic Commission banned him from boxing due to “diminishing skills” in 2005, forcing Holyfield’s more recent bouts to such inglorious outposts as White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and Corpus Christi, Texas.