Evander Holyfield canceled an open workout set for Tuesday morning in New York due to inclement weather.
Unfortunately, his twice-postponed, pay-per-view fight against Sherman Williams still is scheduled for Saturday night in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. If the four-time heavyweight champion defeats Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), he tentatively is scheduled to box Brian Nielsen on March 5 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Neither of those fights will get Holyfield any closer to his supposed goal of becoming undisputed heavyweight champion again.
Williams, 38, is a journeyman who hasn't beaten a top 10 heavyweight during his 13-year career. Denmark's Nielsen, 44, was never nearly as good as his padded record (64-2, 43 KOs) and hasn't fought in nearly nine years.
Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) is older than both of them, thus you'll hear plenty as the "Real Deal" proceeds with his once-celebrated career this year about 48 being entirely too old for a boxer to continue fighting. Bernard Hopkins, 46, has proven, however, that a once-great, well-preserved prizefighter can compete at the elite level well into his 40s.
Holyfield has Hopkins-like discipline and remains in fantastic physical condition. He is the anti-George Foreman, the last former heavyweight champion to box as he pushed 50.
He also has repeatedly passed all of his pre-fight medical examinations, so he cannot be denied a boxing license based solely on his age. Dwelling on 48 just takes attention away from the number on which we should be focusing anyway: whatever seven- or eight-figure sum it'll take for Holyfield to get out of debt.
Holyfield genuinely might believe he can beat Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs), Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) and David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs), the three formidable fighters he'd have to topple to become undisputed champion again. But the foremost reason he continues to box is because he's broke.
He somehow squandered nearly $300 million in career earnings, despite repeated warnings from his handlers during his hey-day that he couldn't command those $30 million purses forever. So here he is, a legend fighting for small sums of money, no matter how his choice of opponents contradict his long-professed goal of re-staking his claim to the heavyweight throne.
Holyfield says that he's fighting Williams and Nielsen because he can't get either of the Klitschko brothers or Haye to fight him.
There's some truth to that, but the Klitschkos and Haye aren't afraid of fighting Holyfield. They just don't want to deal with the inevitable backlash they'd encounter for facing someone so old and so far removed from relevance.
Holyfield could argue, of course, that he did more than enough to defeat 7-foot Nikolai Valuev for the WBA title in December 2008 and was at least as competitive against Valuev as Haye, who took that crown from Valuev by majority decision 10 1/2 months after Valuev beat Holyfield by majority decision.
Beating Holyfield would do nothing for Haye, though, much the way wins against Williams and Nielsen will do little to help Holyfield become undisputed champion again or get out of debt.