[SIZE=4]Holyfield clears medical test but barred from ring[/SIZE]
NEW YORK -- Evander Holyfield was banned from fighting in New York by the state's athletic commission, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.
The New York State Athletic Commission suspended the 42-year-old Holyfield's boxing license because of his "diminished skills and poor performance," the newspaper reported. The commission also lifted a medical suspension that had blocked him from fighting in other states.
State Athletic Commissioner Ron Stevens told the newspaper Holyfield underwent a battery of nine tests, including a few designed to detect brain trauma. According to the tests' findings, Holyfield has no significant health problems. And the commission wants to make sure that continues to be the case.
"We are the boxer's last line of defense," Stevens said.
Holyfield lost to Larry Donald last Nov. 13, and is 2-5-2 since 1999.
Holyfield's manager, Alex Krys, told the newspaper he is already looking to set up a match in Europe for the former heavyweight champion.