Holyfield Stepping Away From His Retirement Promise

By Phil D. Jay

Four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has made a dramatic reverse in his decision to announce his retirement at his 50th birthday bash in Beverly Hills tomorrow.

The warrior from Atlanta, who is unbeaten since 2008, had publicly stated his intention to hang up his gloves after an offer to fight for a world title failed to materialize, but less than a day later has changed his mind.

“I already told people I was going to retire, but this morning, when I woke up, I thought about it some more and now I’m not going to retire,” Holyfield told Sports on Earth.

“Boxing is what I do best. It’s what I know.”

Holyfield has been holding out for a call from the Klitschko brothers after distancing himself from any fight other than a shot at a world belt, but has so far been disappointed as the Ukrainians avoid a bout with the ageing fighter.

“They won’t fight me. They have the right. If I can’t get the championship fight then I’ll continue to wait. Somebody is going to beat them at some point and then I’ll fight that winner.

“I can beat them. I feel I can beat anyone,” he stated.

The only other option for American legend would be to nail down a challenge against WBA belt holder Alexander Povetkin, which seemed almost certain towards the back end of last year.

The bout ultimately failed to happen though and Holyfield may face a long wait for a chance to fulfil his dream of becoming the world champion once again, with his last reign as title holder now twelve years ago.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Deontay Wilder on 10-19-2012

He's reaching his second prime now. HW division better watch out, the Real Deal is coming for you.

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 10-19-2012

Who would pay money to watch him fight?

Comment by Boom Boom X on 10-19-2012

What? Holyfield's NOT retiring?? No way, get outta here.............. (-__-)

Comment by MASTER1454 on 10-19-2012

[QUOTE=Davis40;12619402]they tried that like 6 years ago but he wouldnt go away[/QUOTE] LOL, like herpes......

Comment by I Love Jesus! on 10-19-2012

[QUOTE=edgarg;12618098]An 18year old shouldn't be getting child support. It's supposed to stop at 18[/QUOTE] it goes threw college now

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