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 Last update:  9/4/2011       Read more by Luke Furman         
   
Holyfield Says Qawi The Toughest, Praises Tyson
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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

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comment by hweightblogger, on 09-06-2011
[quote=Medved]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 80 years old competing for the USBO belt :lol1:[/quote] The problem are not the kids...

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 ton. Its like Dave Foley who has like 2 kids, but cant even work as an actor because he had t...

comment by edgarg, on 09-04-2011
[QUOTE=edgarg]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 to live" funds right now. Holyfield got $400,000 for his last f...

comment by edgarg, on 09-04-2011
[QUOTE=Medved]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, buy some property, make your kids get jobs and for them to stop relying on you. Or does ...

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