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Holyfield determined to write boxing history

Posted on 11/18/2008

Evander Holyfield is convinced he will write boxing history on December 20 when he challenges WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev in Zurich. The 46-year-old could become the oldest title-holder of all time if he beats the Russian Giant, who is the biggest and tallest champion in the history of boxing. The “Real Deal” certainly knows there is a tough challenge ahead of him. “I want to make the most of the chance and become world heavyweight champion for the fifth time,” he said at today´s press conference in Zurich. “I do not just want to win the title but also defend it afterwards. I am still in great shape.”

Holyfield arrived in Germany on Monday to undergo extensive medicals checks in Bayreuth under the guidance of ring doctor Professor Dr. Walter Wagner. “I might not have fought in over a year but all those who think that I am not able of competing for the world title any more will be surprised,” Holyfield stated. “I know what to do inside the ring. I have been boxing for 38 years so I know how to make correct assessments.”

Meanwhile, Valuev stated it was an honour to fight one of boxing´s greatest champions. “I am very proud to defend my title against Holyfield,” the Russian Giant said. “He is a legend. Despite his age I take him very seriously. It has always been my wish to fight against him – I used to follow his bouts closely in the past.”

Valuev vowed not to underestimate the challenger. “He is very experienced. It won´t be easy,” the 35-year-old stated. “I want to stress that I have always taken this fight very seriously even though there have been some other remarks coming out of my camp. I will be in top shape and I will defend my title.”

(Pictures: Photo Wende)

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