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
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
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’
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
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.