Heavyweight Bouts Not Too Exciting....Or Are They?

10.28.04 - By Coach Tim Walker - - On November 13th Don King Productions is sponsoring a pay per view card that is latent with heavyweight champions and challengers and no one seems to care. The fight includes bouts between John Ruiz and Andrew Golota, Chris Byrd and Jameel McCline, Hasim Rahman and Kali Meehan, and finally Evander Holyfield and Larry Donald.

Wake Up!!!

For months, if not years, boxing analysts and fans alike have urged Evander Holyfield to retire from boxing. The slurred speech patterns, the slowed reflexes, the riches beyond imagination are all valid reasons to get out of this brutal sport that plays havoc on your physical and mental solidity. Still Evander, like many aging boxers, refuse to accept that the end of their reign has come and are frequently the last to know. Usually it comes in the form of a beating so severe and uncharacteristic of their former self that reality strikes like a lead right hand firmly planted against their jaw. I felt that I had witnessed such a beating in his last fight when he was brutalized at the hands of former IBF Middleweight champion James Toney. Beaten, battered then floored. But that isn’t the case. In his last ten bouts he is 4-4-2 and now looks to take on Larry Donald who in his last ten bouts is 7-2-1 albeit against lesser competition than Evander. The only good thing that can come out of this bout is that after losing to Donald he will realize that his time atop of the boxing food chain has past and his time withdraw is afoot.

Immediately following that bout we will have the pleasure of viewing a match between former heavyweight world champion Hasim Rahman and Kali Meehan. Rahman for the most part has been busy knocking the bejesus out of would-be-sparring partners Terrence Lewis, Rob Calloway, Mario Cawley and Alfred Cole since losing a unanimous decision to John (apply yawn here) Ruiz. His opponent is Kali Meehan. Surely you must know him but for those of us who are a little behind the eight ball on this one Meehan is the boxer who recently lost to Lamon Brewster. Still not clear? Okay Brewster is the guy who got the crap beat out of him but managed to still get a gift TKO against Wladimir Klitschko. Still not clear hey? Okay he (Meehan) was humbled in one round by Danny Williams who was responsible for a Mike Tyson knock out in July. No? Williams is scheduled to fight Vitali Klitschko in December. Now you know who I’m talking about. Who is Meehan again? I don’t expect much from Meehan in this fight. Both times he stepped it up ended in him losing and neither Lamon nor Danny has the experience of Rahman. If Rahman is not victorious he will more than likely retire. Why? He has been fighting second tier fighters because he is on the outside of the championship picture looking in. A loss means he may never get back in. A loss for Meehan relegates him to small venues against up and coming prospects.

If you are still awake at this point of the fight card you will get a real treat. Chris Byrd against Jameel McCline might be a very interesting fight. Not because of Byrd and not so much because of McCline but because of Don King’s defiance of the fight. King when faced with McCline as Byrd’s mandatory initially offered him $100K for the fight. What was even more shocking than the offer was McCline’s acceptance. “Being that Don King is involved, he will do everything in his power to make sure that this fight will go the way he will want it to go…” is only one of McCline’s comments that illustrates how difficult it has been dealing with King. Ultimately Jameel is getting $300K for the fight. Given Byrd’s problematic wins in his last couple of bouts and Jameel’s seeming desire to prove himself I think this might be the fight that Jameel fights as big as his six and a half foot frame. Without a title Chris would find it very difficult to make money as a boxer.

My brow rises when I think about the John Ruiz and Andrew Golota fight. Truth be told given the history of Golota this fight should be over by disqualification early. But I think there is something more to this fight. Simply stated I think Golota will knock out Ruiz within six rounds or somehow win a split decision thus becoming the new Don King darling. After all it was the influence of King that rapidly propelled Golota through the rankings allowing him a fight with Chris Byrd which in all honesty he should have won by unanimous decision.

Oh, the Owen Beck vs. Monte Barrett fight might be the best of the night. Monte is a banger and this is Beck’s first step up so he’s got to look good.

Article posted on 28.10.2004

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