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Can Byrd finally derail the Holyfield legend?    

Do or Die: Holyfield vs. Byrd

December 12, 2002

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 future.

"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 there."

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.

 

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