47-year-old Evander Holyfield will return to the ring on November 5th against journeyman Sherman Williams. But the aged former heavyweight champion has his true sights set on facing WBC titlist Vitali Klitschko in early 2011.
Holyfield’s last fight was a knockout victory over Francois Botha in April. The PPV bout put the Real Deal back in the win column after losing a highly disputed decision to then WBA titlist Nikolai Valuev in Switzerland.
Holyfield has refused to retire until he achieves a personal goal of once again being heavyweight champion. His manager Ken Sanders told ESPN yesterday (August 11) that he’s obtained clearance from WBC president Jose Sulaiman to have Holyfield fight for their title should he defeat Sherman Williams in November.
“What we are going to do is have this fight and then either in January or February, we hope to be able to fight Vitali Klitschko for the WBC belt,” Sanders detailed. “I have spoken already to the WBC and [president] Jose Sulaiman has already blessed it for me. I am speaking to the Klitschko people and I think they will do it.”
Klitschko’s last fight was a one-sided 10th round KO over Albert Sosnowski.
Holyfield has gone 3-2 in his last five fights, with those losses coming in title matches to Sultan Ibragimov and Nikolai Valuev.
Evander Holyfield is a ring tragedy waiting to happen. Back in 2005, the New York Athletic Commission banned Holyfield from competing in there on the ground of “diminishing skills.”
But at this stage the only thing that’s going to stop Evander Holyfield is a horrific, one-sided beating from one of the champions. His last two title shot losses have been decisions, one of which being controversial. In his mind, Holyfield is still confident he can compete at the highest level.
Aside from a few heavyweight names like Gene Tunney, Rocky Marciano and Lennox Lewis, most heavyweight champs stick around far past their expiration date. For most of them it’s a combination of wanting glory and needing money, as it appears to be with Holyfield.
We can only hope his future quality of life isn’t too badly affected by the fights he continues to take.