While the following item isn’t nearly as crucial a boxing story as Joe Calzaghe’s evisceration of Roy Jones Jr. (or Zab Judah, above, achieving a measure of career redemption after earning a decision over Ernie “Too Slick” Johnson), but there are far better places for that sort of coverage than CSTB. Instead, we’ll consider the rather blunt rhetoric of a world champion’s manager and wonder if the day will ever arrive in which Don King, Bob Arum or Oscar De La Hoya face the cameras and solemnly announce, “sorry, about the mismatch”. From FightNews.com’s Alexey Potapov :
WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev will fight former four-time champion Evander Holyfield Valuev’s manager Boris Dimitrov informed Fightnews.com. “The Valuev v. Holyfield fight will take place on December 20th in Zurich,” stated Dimitrov.
“Why Holyfield? Because we do not have other viable options. (Andrew) Golota can’t get in a ring against Valuev. The fight contract is not signed yet, but in two weeks we will agree. Yesterday Nikolay has arrived from Japan. Until November 16th he will prepare for the fight in Russia, and the closing stages of his preparation will take place in Germany.”