The July 4th Knucklehead of the Day Marathon Part Six
Our sixth winner is former Heavyweight Boxing champ Evander Holyfield. He gets the award for making yet another comeback.
Evander Holyfield is 43. He hasn't fought in nearly two years, hasn't won in more than four, and hasn't been the heavyweight champ in six years. So?I kind of feel sad for Holyfield. He was a great fighter once, now he just doesn't know when to give it up. Risking his health in pursuit of glory he'll never have again.
Here's the timeline he considers more relevant: His contract to box for Don King expired about two weeks ago, he was licensed to box in Texas last week and, on Thursday, he announced the start of his latest comeback bid, an Aug. 18 fight against journeyman Jeremy Bates.
The layoff was caused by several things, starting with a three-bout losing skid, also the longest of his career, and a 2-5-2 mark since 1999. His last loss, a unanimous decision that wasn't even close against Larry Donald in November 2004, prompted New York officials to revoke his boxing license because of "diminished skills and poor performance."
Holyfield received a medical suspension that blocked him from fighting anywhere in the country. It was later changed to a ban in the state of New York.
For not knowing when to quit, Evander Holyfield is our sixth Knucklehead of the day.
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