At the tender age of 48, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield will return to action to defend his WBF Heavyweight title and continue his road towards a sixth world heavyweight championship.
Holyfield (43-10-2) continues to be one of the biggest names in heavyweight boxing for American fans in an era where all the real heavyweight belts are held by European fighters. Following his win over Frank Botha, where he won the WBF Heavyweight title, Holyfield has once again become a contender.
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Now he must beat a couple of journeyman boxers to get a shot at Vitali Klitschko’s WBC title. First on the short list of opponents is Sherman “The Tank” Williams (34-11-2). Williams was on a nine-fight win streak before losing a unanimous decision to Manuel Charr in October 2009, and he will be no pushover for the former Heavyweight champion.
Williams will be very motivated to beat Holyfield, not only to win the WBF heavyweight title but to get his name out there and potentially turn the win into a high-profile fight against a top contender. He has stated that he intends to KO the former undisputed champion and that he has been training for the fight since September.
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Keep your eyes open for the boxing odds on this one, as the potential for easy payday may present itself in this fight. Holyfield is likely to come into the fight as a big favorite, and depending on the lines at fight time an upset bet on Williams may be worth the risk considering Holyfield’s age. Just make sure that Williams is a big enough underdog to warrant the risk.
If the boxing odds on Holyfield have him as only a small favorite against Williams then it would make more sense to stick with the champion. Just based on the styles of the two fighters, Holyfield will likely be awarded any close decision that may occur, and underdog Williams will most likely have to KO the former five-time champ to get the victory.
There is a lot at stake for boxing in general if Holyfield can first beat Williams and then Brian Nielsen. The fight with Nielsen is already signed, and the title shot with Klitschko that would follow has already been approved as long as Klitschko’s camp agrees to the fight and Holyfield is able to win those two fights.
The heavyweight division could certainly use a title fight with a couple of big names like Klitschko and Holyfield, and it would surprise us if the fight does not happen in late 2011 or early 2012.