It’s not over yet for famed boxer Evander Holyfield.

The former heavyweight champion, who turns 48 in October, will fight Sherman “The Tank” Williams November 5 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, he announced in a press conference August 12.

The fight will be Holyfield’s first since knocking out 41-year-old Francois Botha in the eighth round of a bout in April. Williams, 38, is coming off last October’s defeat to Manuel Charr in Germany. While both fighters are advanced in age, they enter their fall matchup with a pair of impressive records. Holyfield (43-10-2) and Williams (34-11-2) have combined for 47 knockouts against a series of formidable opponents.

Although he’ll go down as one of the oldest fighters to ever compete, future fights could be in store for five-time champion Holyfield. Ken Sanders, Holyfield’s manager, told ESPN that should Holyfield win this bout, a potential fight with Vitali Klitschko, current World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, could be in the works.

“What we are going to do is have this fight and then either in January or February, we hope to be able to fight Vitali Klitschko for the WBC belt,” Sanders told ESPN. “I have spoken already to the WBC and Jose Sulaiman has already blessed it for me. I am speaking to the Klitschko people and I think they will do it.”

 

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO