Holyfield Loses Heavyweight Title Bout

By Bryan Jeon

Evander Holyfield lost in his bid Saturday night to join George Foreman as the oldest heavyweight titleholders at age 45. Holyfield lost by unanimous decision to WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111. Neither fighter was knocked down in a fairly uneventful fight that saw the Russian southpaw outmove Holyfield throughout the bout to deny him a fifth heavyweight title. The loss dropped Holyfield to 42-9 with 2 draws while Ibragimov stayed undefeated at 22-0 with 1 draw.

Holyfield had come out of an idle three years just over a year ago and had four convincing wins in ten months to set the stage for a shot at the belt. After the loss, Holyfield still is not looking to retire and seems he won’t until he reaches his goal of becoming heavyweight champion of the world again.


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