One of my favorite boxing figures is Apollo Creed. Fictional? True. Inspiring? Totally. Stupid? Definitely.
But I never dreamed that I would see a real-life Apollo Creed in the person of Evander Holyfield. Much akin to the unreal bout between Apollo and the giant boxer from Russia in the cult movie Rocky III, Holyfield will soon find himself face to face against Nikolai Valuev, the tallest and heaviest heavyweight boxer in history. And like that behemoth in the said movie, Valuev’s from Russia too.
No one can be blamed if they call the 46-year old Holyfield crazy, demented, and delusional, even with a 42-9-2 boxing career that produced world championships and series of great fights. I do. And it’s no disrespect to Holyfield, whose legendary fights I have witnessed when I was still a boy. I still remember vividly how Mike Tyson chomped a bit of his ear during their second fight.
But like legends, Holyfield is supposed to fade away. He should fade away. But for whatever reasons, we will see him fight again. Against a physically superior opponent at that. How can someone expect Holyfield to win when Like Apollo Creed, he is old and obviously over the hill? When the last match he won was over a year ago?
My prediction? Expect Holyfield to be dismantled and manhandled by his Russian opponent.
But even against odds, I hope for a Holyfield victory. Perhaps, this second match between Apollo and that tall Russian guy would end up with Apollo as the victor. Win or lose, Holyfield must retire. Otherwise, someone better put a tranq dart on that former champion and send him to a psych house for a dose of reality check.