Who Will Be Evander Holyfield’s Comeback Opponent?
When Evander Holyfield announced his intentions to return to the boxing ring, he only had two names in mind at the time. The common theme of the names appeared to be the age. That is something Holyfield is sticking to.
Holyfield (44-10-2, 1NC) recently spoke with The Times about his desire to compete. Even though he is looking in great shape and has Wladimir Klitschko training him, the 57-year-old doesn’t believe he should be fighting anyone below his era.
“It’s better you do it with people who have been around like you,” Holyfield stated, via The Sun. “I don’t want to go and fight someone trying to make a name for themselves. People want to see me and Bowe, of course Mike Tyson and maybe Lennox, that would be good. I’ll spar with anyone.”
One of the first names on Holyfield’s comeback list was Mike Tyson, who a few days before him announced his return at the age of 53. The man who twice bit the ear of Holyfield has also expressed a desire to return to action against Holyfield. The other was Riddick Bowe, who Holyfield is 1-2 against in trilogy fights.
Holyfield revealed he had yet to contact Lennox Lewis. The two fought twice before; Holyfield v. Lewis was declared a draw in the first fight, and in the second fight Lewis beat Holyfield by unanimous decision to become undisputed heavyweight champion. Holyfield has not been in contact with Lewis’ team as of this moment.
“The Real Deal” stated he will be fighting for #Unite4OurFight, an organization that helps overcome challenges and adversity for children and first responders. It is a huge part of The Evander Holyfield Foundation. Although he is hungry to compete, it will not be the same as previous bouts. Holyfield will be playing by the rules when it comes to competing in bouts well past his prime.
“Look, we are going three rounds. It’s not ten or 15. Maybe there’ll be headgear,” Holyfield went on to say. “My intention is not to knock someone out, but you’ve got 16oz gloves and you get good shots in sparring too.”
Like his charity, Holyfield is looking to make a difference with his desire to compete. Holyfield wants to teach kids today that anything is possible.
“I’m OK with head shots. You better believe that if he goes at my head I’m going at his. I’m going to be shooting at his head anyway with jabs,” Holyfield said. “The difference is if I hurt him I’m not going to rush in and try and get him out of there. I’ll pull back. This is a way for me to talk to young people.”
Who would you like to see Evander Holyfield compete against?