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Holyfield-Valuev rematch?

A rematch between WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and ring legend Evander Holyfield could take place after Valuev’s WBA-mandated fight against “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev. “Holyfield was impressive and the close result makes a rematch a possibility,” stated Sauerland Event managing director Chris Meyer. “But Nikolai has to fight Chagaev first. There is no need for Chagaev to fight a different opponent before because Nikolai is ready and waiting for him. After that, we will see what happens.”

“It was an honor for me to fight a legend like Evander Holyfield,” Valuev said. “He proved that he is a great boxer. It was a very close and a very fast fight.” His trainer Alexander Zimin added, “Niko was very cautious at the beginning. That was exactly what he needed to be against someone like Evander Holyfield, who is very experienced and has a great tactical knowledge. It would have taken a bad ending for us if Nikolai had tried to attack him from the first bell on. After five rounds he slowly adjusted to the pace and Holyfield´s style. Our tactics worked better from that point on.”

“It was a good fight,” said the always classy Holyfield. “Of course I am disappointed. I thought I had won the fight. I thought I had won more rounds than he did but I did not get the decision. His hands are not as slow as people think. He is very hard to hit because he is so big. He had a pretty good defense by the way he positioned his body, he is a hard target to hit. I was trying to do the things my corner asked me to do by moving him around, when I did I was able to catch him off guard. I have a history of proving people wrong and I think I showed tonight that I can still perform.”

Holyfield said he will take his time to consider his future options. “Now I will just have to go home, rest and think about my future. My goal is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. I am not interested in fighting for the sake of fighting, I want to be a champion again. Maybe we will get a second chance against Valuev in Zurich. It was a great event here in Switzerland with a fantastic crowd.”

“It was a very close fight and a draw would have been all right,” Valuev’s manager Wilfried Sauerland said. “Like I predicted it was a battle between Holyfield´s great boxing skills and Niko’s size. I think that Holyfield won the first six and Valuev won the last six rounds. But Evander did not fight like a challenger in the second half of the fight. He only ran away and never punched. That is not how you win a title.”




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