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Holyfield Says Qawi The Toughest, Praises Tyson

By Luke Furman

On October 19th, former four time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs) will be 49-years-old. The veteran wants to hang around until he receives another shot at the title, and recently there has been some talk about facing WBA "regular" champion Alexander Povetkin on December 17th in Zurich.

During his career Holyfield fought every major name, including Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Riddick Bowe, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, James Toney, Nikolai Valuev, Michael Moorer and several others.

But it was his first championship fight, fifteen rounds at cruiserweight against Dwight Muhammad Qawi (41-11-1, 25 KOs) in 1986, that he found to be the toughest fight of his life.

"The hardest fight for me was for the title at cruiserweight against Dwight Qawi. I won, but after the fight I spent the entire week lying in the hospital and I never wanted to return to the ring [after that]," Holyfield said.

Holyfield also discussed his current relationship with Mike Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs). He forgives Tyson for the infamous ear-biting incident in their June 1997 rematch. Tysonw as disqualified in the third round for biting off a piece of Holyfield's ear.

"Of course I forgave him. Why should I be upset him? After all, I owe him a lot. I got a lot from him. Tyson, as a heavyweight was always short, but he broke all records. He was nimble, aggressive and unpredictable in his attacks. In turn, I was never the biggest, fastest or the strongest, but thanks to my approach to fighting I could beat everyone," Holyfield said.

Luke Furman covers the boxing scene for bokser.org

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by hweightblogger on 09-06-2011

[quote=Medved;11082706]Stop having kids dude. I have a feeling all his kids are going to have their own kids at age 14-15 and those kids will be having their own kids at age 14-15. Poor old Holyfield gonna be fighting at…

Comment by nycsmooth on 09-05-2011

Qawi was VG boxer and even better ehen he was Braxton...slipped punches and dig to the body...he would make you forget Mike "the Body Snatcher"...

Comment by Die Antwoord on 09-04-2011

One of the problems with the U.S. is the way they calculate child support. They do so on your current income when you are taken to court. At the time Holy started paying for these kids he was making a…

Comment by edgarg on 09-04-2011

[QUOTE=edgarg;11084680]I was checking Net Worths the other day, and both Tyson's and Holyfield's were down as $1mill each. This is the same as saying that they don't register on their charts at all. So they are basically earning their "needed…

Comment by edgarg on 09-04-2011

[QUOTE=Medved;11082706]Cmon man, use your head and INVEST YOUR MONEY. You fought for how many years and have nothing to show for it, do it for your fans. Im sure you could still make a million or so. invest that cash,…

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