Holyfield beats Nielsen

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield stopped Denmark’s Brian Nielsen on a technical knockout in the 10th round Saturday night.


In the 10th round, the 48-year-old Holyfield pressed Nielson in the corner and the bout was halted after Holyfield landed several jabs in the corner and the Dane spat out some blood. Nielsen said after the bout he was hit by Holyfield’s headbutts.

“My goal still is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” Holyfield said. “This fight showed other champions what I am able to do, but it also taught me I got to be better. The most important is that I didn’t quit. I am not quitter.”

Despite Nielsen being pressed and a swollen eye, Nielsen kept on clowning to provoke Holyfield throughout the bout, prompting his trainer, Paul Duvill, to beg him to stop fooling around and focus on Holyfield.

But the Dane made a comeback in the eighth round, pushing a tired-looking Holyfield into the ropes with a series of combinations, before Holyfield turned it around in the 10th.


“It was a tough fight. He kept coming back. Hee kept coming back,” Holyfield said. “He fought a very courageous fight.”

Nielsen, with a bag of ice on his bloodied face, said he disagreed with the decision to halt the fight. He suggested a rematch to Holyfield.

“That’s enough. I don’t need a rematch,” Holyfield said, laughing.

Holyfield’s last appearance in the ring was in January. He was cut above the left eye by an accidental head butt in his fight against Sherman Williams and the bout was ruled a no-contest.

The audience at the soldout 2,100-seat Copenhagen Concert Hall included giant Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev and Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler, who was forced to pull out of the Super Six tournament because of an eye injury.

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Holyfield vs Nielsen Boxing Fight

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – At 48, Evander Holyfield just won’t give up on his hopes of regaining the world heavyweight title.

The former undisputed champion resumes his longshot quest Saturday when he takes on Denmark’s 46-year-old Brian Nielsen in a non-title bout in the Danish capital.

“My goal is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world … again,” Holyfield said.
In his last ring appearance, Holyfield was cut above the left eye by an accidental head butt in his fight with Sherman Williams in January. The bout was ruled a no-contest.
This time, trainer Tommy Brooks predicts Holyfield (43-10-2) will beat Nielsen in two rounds.
“I think Evander is in a much better shape than (Nielsen) is in and we’re going to take advantage of that,” Brooks said. “The first mistake he makes, we’re going to capitalize on that.”
Holyfield, who held the world title four times, remained more cautious.
“I am going out to give my very best,” he said. “I’ll take one round at the time. Anything is possible. If you hit people with a clean shot, people will fall.”
At the “moon-marred” weigh-in Friday, Holyfield came in at 225 pounds and Nielsen at 238. The usually tense atmosphere was light as Nielsen pulled down his shorts and exposed his bare backside to the audience before getting on the scale. He said a member of the crowd had asked for it.
“I gave it to them,” said Nielsen, who is known for his clowning stunts. “It needn’t be boring.”
Later, the men burst into laughter when they tried to pose face-to-face before photographers with their fists raised for a fight-like pose.
The bout at the 2,100-seat Copenhagen Concert Hall was initially set for March 5 but postponed to give Holyfield more time to recover from the cut above the eye.
“I have no problems at all. I have a scar that is all. I don’t feel any pain,” Holyfield told The Associated Press.
Nielsen (64-2, 43 KOs) is a popular figure in Denmark, where he is affectionately known as “Super Brian.” He acknowledged that Holyfield was the favorite, but promised the fight won’t be a walkover. He spent eight months in an intensive training camp in Germany away from his family for his first fight in nine years.
“I know that he will be really tough to beat, but he won’t meet someone who will throw himself onto the floor before him,” said Nielsen, who lost 44 pounds during training. “I will fight until I cannot stand up any longer.”
However, its been a tough year for Nielsen.
His wife Jeannette gave birth to twins while battling breast cancer. In March, Nielsen’s 24-year-old son from a previous relationship, Steffen, was sentenced to 10 months in jail for assault.
“I feel ready, I can do it,” said Nielsen, who last fought in 2002 and retired soon after because of a knee injury.
The Dane won the lightly regarded IBO title in 1996 when he stopped Tony La Rosa in the second round. He also ended 47-year-old former champion Larry Holmes’ hopes of a winning another belt in a successful title defense a year later.
Promoter Kalle Sauerland said all but “some 200” tickets have been sold for the fight. Ticket prices range from $299 to $896.

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