Evander Holyfield: Mixed Martial Arts is Not Taking Over Boxing

Four time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, who this past weekend was indicted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, disagrees with the constant opinion that the rise in popularity of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has overtaken the sport of boxing.

Holyfield attributes that to the sport not being publicized as much.

“I don’t think [MMA] is taking over [boxing], I think we’re not being publicized as much as [MMA]. So people believe what they see on TV, we’re not on TV as much as we used to be,” Holyfield said during an interview on FOX Business. “People don’t talk about boxing as much in America.”

Ironically, at the moment there are ongoing negotiations to match the biggest name in boxing against the biggest name in MMA - with discussions taking place to finalize a deal where five division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. would face UFC champion Conor McGregor in a boxing match.


IN OTHER NEWS: It was a highly anticipated event for professional boxing in Switzerland as local favourite Patrick Kinigamazi took on Juan Jose Farias from Argentina for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Super Featherweight title on Friday, June 9, in Geneva.

And while things started out slow in the first three rounds, the fight as a whole didn’t disappoint. The action picked up considerably in round four, and in the fifth Rwanda-born Kinigamazi landed a solid body-shot to floor Farias. The Argentinian beat the count of referee Ignacio Conejero, and survived the round.

But he would be in more trouble in round six, as Kinigamazi now knew he could hurt his foe and stepped up his aggressiveness. Coming forward and landing to both body and head, it was a left hook that send Farias down a second time.

Kinigamazi was deducted a point for hitting Farias just after he took a knee, and again Farias beat the count and came back strong to finish the stanza. It was a very eventful affair indeed, and both fighters showed how much they wanted to win.

In round seven everything turned around, as Farias managed to land several hard punches. He shook Kinigamazi to his core, and went all out to seize the moment and force the stoppage. Kinigamazi looked very close to going down, but somehow stayed upright long enough to be saved by the bell.

After a more even and uneventful round eight, the home-man was back on top again from round nine. He knocked Farias down in the ninth, tenth and eleventh, but every time the extremely game Argentinian got up and continued to fight his chance.

In fact, Farias finished the fight very strongly as he threw caution to the wind in an attempt to secure what would have been an amazing come-back victory. But it was not to be, as Kinigamazi knew he was well ahead on points and did his best to stay out of trouble.

Judges Beat Hausammann and Jean-Marcel Nartz both scored the fight 116-107, and judge Thomas Zimmermann had it 117-106. Kinigamazi improves his record to 27-2 (3), Farias falls to 18-10-1 (13). The fight was promoted by Tundra Promotions.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by petero on 06-13-2017

Holyfield is 100% correct. MMA vs boxing is like comparing NFL to the NBA, two very different sports. The real money is paid out in boxing. MMA fighters make peanuts in comparison.

Comment by Eff Pandas on 06-13-2017

[QUOTE=stiff_back;17755225]I have to say I agree with most of what you wrote but I do have a couple of points to make: 1) I don't think any sports star is ever going to be as big as Ali in terms…

Comment by stiff_back on 06-13-2017

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;17755082]Boxing IS bigger around the world it seems like to me. Although in fairness who'd have expected MMA to be bigger overall around the globe? Modern MMA started with UFC 1 just a mere 24 years ago. Modern MMA…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 06-13-2017

[QUOTE=stiff_back;17755048] I do think, though, that boxing [I]should[/I] be bigger than MMA around the world. [/quote] Boxing IS bigger around the world it seems like to me. Although in fairness who'd have expected MMA to be bigger overall around the…

Comment by stiff_back on 06-13-2017

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;17754968]Too many boxing fans are too worried about MMA lmfao. These are two different sports you insecure b^tches. As a fan of both sports I'm on this site & a MMA site & only on this site are boxing…

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