Holyfield: Bring on Haye, Klitschko Bros.
Evander Holyfield wants to fight heavyweight champions David Haye and Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.
Holyfield, a former heavyweight champ who turns 48 next month, defends his lightly regarded WBF title against Sherman Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) on Nov. 5 in Detroit. He won the belt in April by stopping 41-year-old Francois Botha in the eighth round.
But Holyfield lost on points to Nikolay Valuev and Sultan Ibragimov in his previous two fights. Haye has since taken Valuev’s WBA belt and Wladimir Klitschko has won Ibragimov’s WBO title, and Holyfield said Wednesday he now has those two fighters in his sights.
”I’m looking at both the Klitschko brothers and David Haye. I want to fight the people with the titles. My people have talked with the older Klitschko brother (Vitali) and his manager,” Holyfield said of the WBC holder. ”But right now everybody’s busy with fights.
”The only thing that attracts them is that if they want a big pay day, they have got to fight somebody that the people know. I’m still the most popular heavyweight that is fighting. It’s obvious that if they felt I was an easy fight, they would go ahead and fight me. But they realize they don’t want to get duked by the old man. But if they want to make money, I’m the guy they need to fight.”