Atlantic City, NJ (BoxingGurus.com) - Some people might say the Heavyweight
division is weak, but they can't say the top fighters don't fight each
other. Here is another perfect example of that as top 10 contenders Evander
Holyfield (38-5-2, 25 KO) and Chris Byrd (35-2, 20 KO) square off for the
vacant IBF Heavyweight title (vacated by Lennox Lewis, who is choosing to
fight WBC mandatory Vitaly Klitschko, rather than IBF mandatory Chris Byrd).
This fight is potentially a do or die fight, as the loser will be locked out
of the "real" title picture for at least 18 months into the foreseeable
"I have been waiting for this for a long time," said Chris Byrd. "And now I
finally have the chance to show the world that I am the best heavyweight out
Holyfield is coming off a very impressive win over former world champion
Hasim Rahman, but the memories of the pitiful trilogy against John Ruiz
aren't far off the minds of many people. They wonder how much this warrior
can have left in his tank.
"We’re not quitters and that’s what makes this a great fight," Holyfield
said. "Somebody is going to have to go out there, take it and win."
Right now the oddsmakers think Byrd will take it, as they have installed him
a 5-2 favorite to win his first "world title" (Lennox Lewis is the
recognized true Heavyweight champion no matter who has what belts).
The fight is taking place at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on HBO
this Saturday night beginning at 10 PM EST.