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Disgraceful. Absolutely disgraceful.
Instead, Holyfield was a human carousel, dancing around the 7-foot Valuev (who ably played the part of the post) and occasionally pausing to throw a meek punch or two.
But he absolutely, positively won the fight.
That three professional judges could score the fight for Valuev, and thereby deny Holyfield his fifth reign as heavyweight champion, is embarrassing. Valuev was awful. He didn't land one effective punch, much less a combination. He dispassionately allowed Holyfield to dictate the tempo of the fight while showing a complete and utter inability to use his long jab to keep the challenger at bay. He was sluggish and at times looked fearful of an opponent that had no possibility of hurting him.
Let me repeat: There is no way Valuev won this fight. I'm not saying this because I'm a fan of Holyfield. Far from it. In the minutes between the final bell and when
That's how bad Valuev was.
The entire sport of boxing should be humiliated by this deep act of corruption. WBA president
The goodwill that was generated by an edge-of-your-seat performance by
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.