Boxers & MMA Fighters We Never Need To See Again

August 9, 2011 by  

  1. David Haye: After talking more than any fighter in the past three years, Hayes’ performance against Vladimir Klitschko was so bad, so lacking in any type of winning spirit, that he just shouldn’t even be allowed to fight anymore.
  2. Nikolai Valuev: Injuries may mercifully end the career of this 7-foot-2-inch Russian heavyweight who makes Primo Carnera look like Willie Pep.
  3. Alfonso Gomez: Known for being on The Contender and for beating a shot Arturo Gatti, Gomez is scheduled to fight young Mexican tiger Saul Alverez. Alverez will pummel Gomez, who doesn’t hit hard enough to discourage David Haye. Really a terrible fighter to watch.
  4. Tito Ortiz: The man must be given credit for a stellar career as well as for reheating a career that had gone so cold. But unless you want to see Tito go down the same path as Chuck Liddell, now’s the time to call it quits.
  5. Shane Mosley: I once trained alongside a young Shane Mosley and have a ton of pride in him. But his last couple efforts show him to be an older fighter who is just not willing to take the punches necessary to get his own punches off. It’s been a Hall of Fame career, Shane. Time to move on, tho.
  6. Jorge Rivera: Rivera has made a lot of UFC appearances and money despite never defeating anyone worthwhile or even being in an exciting fight lately. No more, please.
  7. Zab Judah: It’s likely you will see Judah in an entertaining fight again before he finally hangs it up. It’s also quite likely you’ll start seeing young contenders knocking Zab out cold. He’s had his turmoil, but Judah was always a fun and talented fighter. Against Amir Khan, however, Judah was a trainwreck. He showed all the signs of being a shot fighter and was literally afraid of Khan, making the young champion look far better than he actually is. Judah’s time at the top is over, what remains if he keeps fighting is controversy and beat downs.
  8. Matt Hughes: Some fighters can thrive in their late-30s. Hughes won’t. Scheduled to fight Diego Sanchez in September, Hughes is every bit of his 37 years. The man has had an heroic career, fought the best and was victorious more often than not. And in September, Dana White will let him get knocked out by Sanchez. It’s not something I’m interested in seeing, myself.
  9. Fedor Emelianenko: All that’s left for him is paydays in non-important fights that he won’t win. Greatness doesn’t last. Fedor had it, but now it’s gone.
  10. Evander Holyfield: Each time Holyfield fights in his endless and fruitless “I will be undisputed champion” again, I’m starting to think that “this will be the fight that kills him.” Evander’s going to get seriously hurt if he’s not hurt already, his time to go was seven years ago.

–WKW

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