For the third time the proposed bout between former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) and Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) has again been postponed. The bout had been previously scheduled for November 5th, November 12, and December 9th. Williams’ manager, Si Stern of South Florida was upset to say the least and shed some insight on the string of postponements.
“The postponement again of Holyfield-Williams speaks volumes of the problem with boxing today. It’s a never ending battle between legitimate promoters versus a large amount of get rich (BS) individuals that have little or no money. They try to take advantage of a sport that has been around for a long long time and given opportunities to so many. We must prevent these type of individuals from doing what they did to Sherman Williams or anyone else in the future. While Sherman was in Austria sparring with Wladimir Klitschko we were asked if Sherman would fight Evander Holyfield for the WBF title on November 5th in Detroit. We accepted fight even though the dollar amount was low. We just felt Sherman had a chance to become a champion. On October 10th we were notified that because of a TV contract the fight would take place on November 12th. On November 1st I was told the fight was postponed again until December 9th.
“I asked for Sherman’s purse to be advanced because of all the postponements but that never happened. I was told last week that the promoters again couldn’t come up with the necessary funds and that there would be no fight. All the while tickets were being sold in Detroit and advertisements were out for the new Dec 9th date. Williams is a popular sports figure in his native Bahamas and was going to have a lot of support from his people. Many of the Bahamian government were chartering a plane to attend his fight. Williams has received no money from the event’s promoter and his management team has paid for the fighter to be in camp since Sept 5th. This is boxing at its worst. What more can be said except I’m glad my commitments have been real and our promotions have always taken place as promised.”