Holyfield: No To Haye, Yes To Povetkin-Rahman Winner

By Phil D. Jay

Two-weight world champion Evander Holyfield has given his backing to David Haye against WBC title holder Vitali Klitschko, but only if the Briton comes into the fight 100% following his below-par performance against Wladimir last year.

The fighting legend, who turns 50 in October, was impressed with Haye’s victory over Dereck Chisora earlier this month and gives the 'Hayemaker’ a fair chance of dethroning the Ukrainian if their touted March bout is finalised.

"Haye v Chisora was a good fight, David hit hard and had the speed to get the victory,” Holyfield told World Boxing News.

“It’s hard to predict if he can beat Vitali at this point or what he can do on the night, but if he is prepared he may be able to get the win.”

Holyfield is still adamant that he will not fight unless there is a title involved and confirmed this when asked if a contest against the former WBA champion was possible.

“At this point, a fight with Haye is not on the cards, I will only fight for a title,” stated Holyfield.

“I don’t think it really matters if the world title fight comes right now, but I would fight definitely fight the winner of Povetkin v Rahman.

“I won’t be making any decision on retirement yet. When I make my mind up, I make my mind up,” he added.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pirao on 07-30-2012

[QUOTE=JKidd2624;12375918]Sad that I'd favor Holyfield over Povetkin...[/QUOTE] Yes, it is indeed sad that you're retarded.

Comment by jray100k on 07-29-2012

Povetkin vs Holyfield would be great. Heck, Holyfield is more deserving of a title shot than Rahman.

Comment by richardt on 07-27-2012

[QUOTE=george benton;12376756]Hell Holyfeild is a better opponent than Haarison,Mormeck,charr and the rest of these damn clowns getting title shots[/QUOTE]You mean a better chance of sustaining greater, long-term damage than those guys.

Comment by richardt on 07-27-2012

If Holyfield beat Haye, I would be more shocked than if I woke up with my head sewn to the carpet or my buttcheeks crazy glued to the tile.

Comment by Cuban Linx on 07-27-2012

I wouldn't be surprised if Holyfied beat Haye.

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