Evander Holyfield Vs Sherman Williams
January 23, 2011 by staff
Holyfield, who at 48 says he is looking for a more legitimate, the world crown, even challenged, was cut over his left eye in the second round after an accidental headshot.
Williams staggered his opponent (43-10-2, 28 KOs) with a series of blows in the third round, but after the bell Holyfield told the referee he could not see and the bout was declared not -challenge.
“(Williams) has fought the way it should have,” said Holyfield. “I understood what he was doing. He tried to get his head down to get up and open. ”
Holyfield said Williams has received several warnings about leading with his head in the fight to the Greenbriar resort.
“He was warned several times in this short period of time. He did not have to (using his head).”
Holyfield landed the first big blow of the fight, a left at the head of Williams in the first round.
Williams responded with a flurry of punches late in the round and he brought fans to their feet in the third when he rocked Holyfield.
For Holyfield, the fight against 38-year big man Bahamas Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) has been designed to be a focus for a game in March in Copenhagen against Denmark Brian Nielsen.
Subsequently, however, Holyfield said he did not know about his next fight and talked about a rematch with Williams.
“There’s a good chance (the fight in Denmark is not the case),” said Holyfield.
Williams, who had not fought since the end of 2009 the unanimous decision defeat to Manuel Charr, said he would be open to decision-Nielsen.
Holyfield lost the undisputed heavyweight crown from Lewis now retired British Lennox in 1999.
Holyfield was briefly held the World Boxing Association crown in 2000 before a loss to John Ruiz – also retired – then lost world title fights to Chris Byrd in 2002, the Russian Sultan Ibragimov Nikolay Valuev in 2007 and also from Russia, in 2008.
Although the cut on his eye will take time to heal, Holyfield said he still hopes to unify the heavyweight championship.
“I’m going to make an adjustment,” he said. “I had 11 failures (not counting Saturday’s contest-) but I do not quit. I’ll shake and I’ll be back. ”
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