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13 April 2010 :: 13:04:19 pm 18126

Evander Holyfield Stakes Claim on Heavyweight Title

Boxing legend Evander Holyfield recently declared his ambition to become undisputed heavy weight champion following his point’s decision triumph over fellow veteran Francios Botha in Las Vegas.
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US, the 12th of April 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: The champion fighter, who famously defeated Mike Tyson in the 1996 WBA title bout before having part of his ear bitten off in the rematch, successfully reignited his career into a forth decade on Sunday when he defeated 41-year-old South African Botha to claim the little-regarded WBF title.

Holyfield stated after the fight, “I’m going to be the undisputed world heavyweight champion.” His last bid at a recognised heavyweight title saw him defeated by Russian monster Nikolai Valuev in a WBA bout in 2008. “I’ve been telling people since 1992 when I lost to Riddick Bowe that I was going to be undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. I won two but not the third,” he said.

Current WBA champion, Britain’s David Haye is expected to first face off against one of the title-holding Klitschko brother – IBF & WBO champion Wladimir or WBC champ Vitali – in his next fight before Holyfield or possibly another veteran in Bernard Hopkins may be considered for a shot at the title.

Holyfield has consistently had to defy the critics who state that he is too old to be considered a genuine challenger, explaining; “People talk about my legacy. It’s about who you’ve fought. They can’t deny me, I fight the best. I always want to fight somebody to get a little credit if I beat them. You can’t let people tell you what you can do. I fight because I want to. I wouldn’t be the person I am without opportunities.”

British fighter Audley Harrison, the 2000 Olympic champion, also added his name to the list of possible contenders after knocking out Michael Sprott on Friday to win the vacant European title. The 38-year-old, who said he would retire if he did not avenge his career-damaging 2007 defeat by Sprott, was behind on points before winning with a final-round stoppage.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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