Boxing is a “shame” and a “farce” for allowing Evander Holyfield to fight again and be able to call Mike Tyson after his loss to Vitor Belfort on Saturday.
That’s the take on talkSPORT 2 presenter Ade Odalipo, who currently attends the sport he enjoys taking to a circus.
Holyfield didn’t even make it out of a round against Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, as he was ditched and embarrassed by a fighter not fit to tie his boots in his prime.
Still, the sad reality is that Holyfield’s early years took place in the previous millennium, with a trilogy against Riddick Bowe and a pair of fights against Tyson defining his legacy.
Indeed, by the time he fought Lennox Lewis in 1999, there were clear signs that the former undisputed cruiserweight champion was slowing down.
Fears about the “Real Deal” fighting were once again heightened when footage of fight in the fight readiness week was released.
The slow, bulky air on the skates, it was clear to see why the New York State Athletic Commission banned Holyfield from competing as early as 2004.
The Commission concluded that the former four-time world champion had “deteriorating skills” and was unable to defend himself properly, which became evident after the debacle on Saturday night.
When Holyfield competed in WWE in an exhibition fight against Matt Hardy in 2007, or in a charity fight against Mitt Romney in 2015, boxing fans hoped he would never box professionally again.
Yet, as Odalipo pointed out in his passionate rant, boxing has become a toxic environment that traps even the bravest of warriors.
“I didn’t watch it all,” Odalipo said on talkSPORT 2. “I watched the highlights and that’s all he needed because it only lasted one lap.
“It’s all a shame, it’s a massive disgrace and boxing is the wild and wild west.
“If you have a little money, you can do anything in sports – you really can. They moved the event to another state just so Evander Holyfield could get treatment.
“How can a 58 year old man who was told 17 years ago to quit continue?” He also had heart trouble, dig into that and come to the conclusion you want.
“A 58-year-old Evander Holyfield shouldn’t be in the ring. I am a big fan of Evander Holyfield; he’s one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, but when is boxing going to look at itself and say, “enough is enough?
“There was a young girl who passed away a few weeks ago, this should be light bulb time.
“Some people might say, ‘Well boxers are very aware of the dangers.’ Yes they are, but let’s make it as safe as possible.
“People are giving up boxing and everyone is blaming the YouTube stars. YouTube stars don’t kill boxing; corrupt officials, corrupt judges and Evander Holyfield, 58, is killing the sport of boxing.
“Not Jake Paul, who is a young, fit and healthy man. See Evander Holyfield, whom I grew up looking like a god with Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis, see him get beaten up by Vitor Belfort and that someone ‘one sanctions this and someone to make money with it…
“Boxing right now is nonsense. I was looking at this today and I was like, ‘How is this all going? “
“How does David Haye fight his friend and get paid? How does Tito Ortiz fight Anderson Silva?
“What happened to the sport I love? He needs a clean slate.
“Unless someone cleans it up, it’s just madness waiting to happen.”
In 2012, Holyfield was described as ‘bankruptcy and bankruptcy’ by The Independent, despite earning $ 513million (£ 350million) during his boxing career.
While it remains to be seen what his financial situation is, the fact that he called for a trilogy fight with Tyson in the aftermath of his Belfort loss should sound the alarm bells.
Yet Odalipo fears that the calls for help will fall on deaf ears.
“It was honestly a joke and it will continue,” he added.
“Evander Holyfield is out now and said he’s fine and wants to fight Mike Tyson, what’s going on?
“Haven’t you made $ 400 million in your career, is it all gone?” Did you just waste all your money?
“Absolutely absurd! “