I wrote an article entitled Boxers Who Need to Retire in 2009. All of the boxers mentioned in that article are still boxing except for Oscar De La Hoya. It is a combination of ego, pride, and money that keeps boxers competing in the sport past their prime. “There is seldom a more sickening sight then seeing a once great prizefighter take a terrible beating” (eastsideboxing.com). For instance, Larry Holmes gave Muhammad Ali a terrible beating on November 2nd, 1980. It was hard for most boxing fans to watch that fight. These are boxers that need to retire.
Hector Camacho is one of the greatest Puerto Rican boxers. He knocked out Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard in 1997. He sent Sugar Ray Leonard into permanent retirement. He is a three-time world champion. He was known for his big ego and flamboyance. He was in his prime in the mid-1980’s. His boxing career has spanned thirty years. However, he is no longer an elite boxer. His ring record in his last seven fights is four wins, seven losses and one draw. His wins have all come against weak competition. He fought 39 year old Yori Boy Campas to an eight round draw on May 9th, 2009. He lost his last boxing match on May 14th, 2010 to Saul Duran whose ring record is thirty-seven wins and sixteen loses. Hector Camacho is 48 years old.
Jermain Taylor had the potential to be a long reigning champion. Many boxing fans and experts believed that he was going to be the future of the middleweight division. Jermain Taylor defeated future hall of famer Bernard Hopkins twice. He gave Bernard Hopkins his first lost in twelve years. He was the undisputed middleweight champion of the world. However, he has lost four of his last five fights. Three of the losses have been by knockout. Jermain Taylor is only 32 years old. He is past his prime. He can no longer take hard punches. Lou Dibella his boxing promoter resigned because he was concerned with Jermain Taylor’s health following him getting knocked out by Arthur Abraham. He withdrew from the Super Six World Boxing Classic. He has taken some time off from boxing and he is planning to come back to the sport. “It’s important that I give my body and mind some much-needed rest, because I have been boxing for nearly 20 years. I plan on keeping myself in shape and making a return to the sport sometime in the future” said Jermain Taylor (sports.espn.go.com/sports).
Jeff Lacy started his career with eleven straight knockouts. He became IBF super middleweight champion by beating Syd Vanderpool. He was the favorite going into his fight against future hall of famer Joe Calzaghe. His boxing match against Joe Calzaghe was extremely one-sided. Jeff Lacy lost every round in the fight. However, he did fight with alot of pride in the boxing match. He did not quit when losing badly. He has not been the same boxer since that fight. He has fought sluggishly. Jeff Lacy struggled against club fighter Epifano Mendoza. He was stunned often in the boxing match and he was on the verge of getting knocked out. Jeff Lacy in his last seven fights has three wins and four losses. He is 33 years old and he is past his prime. He lost by technical knockout to a 40 year old Roy Jones Jr. on August 15th, 2009. Many boxing experts and fans considered Roy Jones Jr. a shot fighter.
Lamon Brewster was one of the best American heavyweights of the past decade. He was very hard to beat in his prime. He won many boxing matches by his unmatched determination, heart and pride. To illustrate, he was losing on points and he got up from a knockdown to beat Wladimir Klitschko by technical knockout on April 10th, 2004. He always aims for the knockouts in his fights. He was a good finisher. Lamon Brewster’s boxing record in his last eight fights is two wins and four losses. He lost to Wladimir Klitscko in their rematch. Lamon Brewster in the rematch did not show the aggressiveness and relentless he showed in their first fight. He looked timid and relaxed throughout the fight. He has gone from heavyweight champion to gatekeeper.
These are boxers that need to retire. They are well past the prime of their careers. It is extremely tough to retire from a sport if dedicate your life to it. However, it is important to know when to retire. Boxing can be a brutal sport if compete too long.
10 Sept. 2010 http://www.eastsideboxing.com/news.php?p=8499&more=1
10 Sept. 2010 http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=4818960