Holyfield Fighting dates set: Two fights in 1½ month
Former undisputed world boxing champion in the heavyweight Evander Holyfield will fight for two and a half months. On January 22, 2011 Holyfield will meet in the ring Sherman Williams, and on March 5 will hold a bout with the Dane Brian Nielsen.
Fight between 48-year old Holyfield and 38-year-old Williams was originally scheduled for November 5, 2010, but later was postponed several times. After Holyfield agreed to fight with Nielsen, a meeting with Williams was called into question, but now the date of this battle is set.
Holyfield’s last fight was in April 2010, where he knocked out South African Francois Botha. Williams last fight was in October 2009 against Syrians Manuel Charro.
(Boxingscene) Four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, who turned 48 on Oct 19, will participate in the 56th fight of a career that began on Nov. 15 of 1984 when he meets 38-year-old Sherman “Tank” Williams at the Greenbrier Resort in southeastern West Virginia on Jan. 22.
Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 knockouts) has gone 6-6-1 since last holding the WBA belt in 2000 after defeating John Ruiz.
If he defeats Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), Holyfield has a March 5 bout scheduled against 45-year-old Brian Nielsen in Nielsen’s native Denmark.
Boxing’s only four-time heavyweight champion, Holyfield will attempt to earn his 29th career knockout and his second consecutive victory.
Holyfield is coming off of April’s eighth-round knockout of 41-year-old Francois Botha (47-5-3, 28 KOs) at Las Vegas’ Thomas and Mack Center, a triumph that made him the fringe WBF titlist.
Prior to Botha, Holyfield had lost his previous two fights by decision and majority decision, respectively, to Sultan Ibragimov (22-1-1, 17 KOs), of Russia, and seven-foot Nikolay Valuev (50-2, 34 KOs) in October of 2007, and December of 2008 in his bids for their WBO and WBA crowns.
A former undisputed titlist and Olympic bronze medalist, Holyfield has his sights on potential bouts with Ukrainian-born, 39-year-old WBC king, Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs), his younger brother, 34-year-old WBO IBF and IBO champion, Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs), or 30-year-old WBA titlist David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs), of England. Haye dethroned Valuev in November of 2009 by majority decision.
Holyfield is trying to become the oldest man to win a major heavyweight title belt, an effort that would surpass George Foreman, who was 45 years old when he stopped Michael Moorer in the 10th round in November of 1994.