By Scott Shaffer Live @ MSG
Evander Holyfield, who used to headline these types of shows, led off the pay-per-view telecast by losing a unanimous decision to Larry Donald. Officially the scores were lopsided in Donald's favor, 119-109 (twice) and 118-109, while Boxingtalk had it 118-110. At forty-one years old with three losses in a row, this time to Donald, a fringe contender at best, there is simply no justification for Holyfield to continue boxing. After a first round slip, Holyfield was competitive for a couple of rounds but it soon became apparent that he could not get his punches off in the face of Donald's jab. By the sixth, Donald followed up the jab with a right to the body that drove the former world champion back to the ropes. The crowd began chanting Holyfield's name but nothing short of a time machine would be enough to change the course of this bout. Donald, thirty seven years old who won only one bout by knockout in the past four years hurt Holyfield in the eighth and beat him up in the ninth, although Holyfield did land a sharp right at the end of ninth and again to start the tenth. But Donald held when necessary and used his jab to control the final two rounds, sending Holyfiled to the eighth loss of his career (38-8-2). Donald, 42-3-2, will likely get back on the heavyweight carousel with this win, but more than anything else, tonight was more about how far Holyfield has slipped. All in all, it was a sad sight for anyone old enough to remember a time when Holyfield was the greatest warrior in the sport and if he refuses to retire, it may be up to a state commission to end one of the greatest careers in heavyweight history.