It’s a quiet weekend for MMA but shit just hit the fan in the boxing world, where Evander Holyfield was just fucked out of a historic fifth heavyweight title in Zurich. He beat his opponent and current WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev in unimpressive but definitive fashion … well, definitive to everyone but the judges, who gave Valuev the majority decision.
How bad was the decision? Check out what Sports Illustrated thought of it:
The entire sport of boxing should be humiliated by this deep act of corruption. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza should issue a statement tomorrow apologizing for this sham and strip Valuev of his title. Because this is a body blow for boxing.
The goodwill that was generated by an edge-of-your-seat performance by Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto in July, a rebirth of Bernard Hopkins in October and an entertaining (if not one-sided) fight between Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya last weekend has been lost, tossed in the garbage like the judge’s scorecards should have been.
This is the story now. Once again, boxing has spit in the face of the fans who have been loyal to it, the ones who paid $25 to see the overhyped Valuev with his alphabet title face Holyfield, a legend in his time who now doesn’t seem to know when to quit.