Holyfield, Williams fight to no-contest

Evander Holyfield was cut above the left eye by an accidental

head butt in the second round and his fight with Sherman Williams

was stopped after the third and ruled a no-contest Saturday

night.

The 48-year-old Holyfield (43-10-2) retained the World Boxing

Federation heavyweight championship.

The four-time heavyweight champion came out for the third round

and Williams (34-11-2) staggered him with several overhand punches.

The fight was stopped after the round, and Holyfield didn’t protest

the call.

Holyfield mentioned the possibility of a rematch with Williams

after the bout.

Holyfield landed the first big punch of the fight, a straight

left to Williams’ face in the first, but was countered soon after

and flustered near the end of the round by a flurry of Williams’

blows.

The capacity crowd rose to its feet in the third round when

Williams resumed his attack. Holyfield staggered into the ropes and

nearly went to the canvas, but was able to regain his balance.

Holyfield again faced a series of punches from Williams to end

the third, and appeared almost relived when the fight was

stopped.

Holyfield’s next scheduled fight is in Denmark on March 5

against Brian Neilsen. That bout is now in jeopardy while the

former undisputed cruiserweight champion takes time to let the gash

above his eye heal.

After the fight, 38-year-old Williams, who hadn’t fought since a

late 2009 unanimous-decision loss to Manuel Charr, said he would be

open to taking Holyfield’s spot in Denmark.