Today, during “Coffee Tuesday” a brief summary of the fights that transpired over the weekend, including the return of the 58 years, the great former world heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Evander Holyfield, who was defeated by Vitor Belfort via TKO.
This episode was described as a nostalgic night, but seeing a great man like Evander Holyfield lose in that way was extremely sad, as he is a boxing legend who built a superb history in our sport and he hadn`t fought since he defeated Brian Nielsen in 2011!
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman said there is a deep concern for all those boxers who after years of retirement are trying to return to the ring; He clarified that it is not the same to do an exhibition bout, as to go through it as a fully-fledged fight. So, and accordingly, the WBC is taking action with the different commissions to apply maximum priority attention to these fights, and to be extremely strict as well as vigilant with medical protocols.
Likewise, the President of the WBC, explained that times are changing and today we have to accept it. New generations are approaching boxing and we must be empathetic and open to changes, but only so long as the integrity and wellbeing of those who get into the ring is NOT put at risk.
He added that, given this very worrisome situation, the World Boxing Council will immediately start a campaign to raise awareness among fighters, promoters, entertainment promotion companies, businessmen and other people in the industry, so that they understand the dangers of returning great legends to fight, often, long after retirement,