“Sooner or later I’m going to die, but I’m not going to retire,” said Margaret Mead. It is difficult for professional athletes to retire. They do not want to give up the sport they love. Likewise, there have been many boxers that keep fighting even after their skills erode. Therefore, who are 5 boxers who need to retire in 2013?
5. Glen Johnson
Glen Johnson is a resilient fighter. He had nine losses before he defeated Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver in 2004. But, he never lost faith in himself. And he was named the 2004 Ring Magazine fighter of the year.
However, Johnson needs to retire. He has lost three fights in a row and he has lost five out of his last seven bouts. In addition, he admitted after losing to Andrzej Fonfara that he should retire from boxing. “I feel like the end of the road is here. Time is undefeated. I see no reason to move forward if I can’t win a fight like this,” said Johnson.
4. Jose Luis Castillo
Jose Luis Castillo gave Floyd Mayweather Jr. the toughest fight of his career in their first bout. And many boxing experts and fans thought he won the fight. Castillo also had two legendary battles with Diego Corrales.
Castillo is a badly shopworn fighter that has fought in 76 professional bouts. He is fighting most of his bouts in Mexico against low grade opponents. For instance, he fought Roberto Valenzuela who lost 65 fights.
3. Evander Holyfield
Evander Holyfield was the toughest and most determined heavyweight boxer in the 1990s. No other elite heavyweight in his generation fought tougher competition than Holyfield. He fought the best heavyweight boxers such as Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe.
Holyfield is 50 years old and he has not defeated a top heavyweight boxer since his win over Hasim Rahman in 2002. Yet, he is still pursuing a shot at the heavyweight title. However, the Klitschko brothers have refused to fight Holyfield because they do not want to demolish their idol.
2. Roy Jones Jr.
Roy Jones Jr. is one of the greatest boxers of all-time. He was a dominant fighter that rarely even lost rounds. And he made boxing look easy. Jones also won multiple world titles in four weight classes from middleweight to heavyweight.
However, Jones has not defeated an elite fighter since his victory over Antonio Tarver in 2003. Likewise, he has a record of two wins and three losses in his last five bouts. And It is sad to see the legendary Jones continually knocked out by boxers that he would have easily beaten in his prime.
But, there is hope that he may finally retire. Jones said in a recent interview that he wants to fight just three more bouts before hanging up his gloves forever.
1. James Toney
James Toney is an old school fighter that will fight anyone, anytime, anywhere. He also was a true practitioner of the sweet science that mastered the art of hitting and not getting hit. And he is a future hall-of-famer.
Yet, Toney has been ruining his image and legacy at the end of his career. He embarrassed himself in his fight against Randy Couture in the UFC. And he tested positive for steroids twice in his career as a heavyweight.
Toney really needs to retire from boxing. He is a shot fighter that has fought 86 professional bouts. And it is sad that he is now slurring his speech.
Loren Robinson has watched and studied boxing for the past 12 years. He has written for boxing websites such as boxingnews24.com, eastsideboxing.com and pinoygreats.com. You can find more of his writing at the site www.lorenrobinson.com or you can follow him on Twitter, @PowerofWords22
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