“Redemption” for American Heavyweights
Story by Brady Crytzer
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Although boxing critics will claim that the heavyweight spectrum has shifted overseas, Saturday night’s “Redemption in America” pay-per-view serves as a stark reminder that some of the best talent in the world can still be found in the USA. Headlined by a crossroads battle between Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and Sherman “Tank” Williams for the World Boxing Federation title, ARK Promotions invades one of our country’s most iconic destinations, the Greenbrier Resort, to present a night of heavyweight boxing that’s been long overdue. It’s “Redemption in America” for heavyweight boxing, and it’s live on pay-per-view.
It’s been a difficult road for Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 ko’s). After becoming the only man to win the world heavyweight title a record four times, the Georgia-based 48 year old is still seeking to quench his thirst for championship glory one fight at a time. Although many had written Holyfield off as “over-the-hill” following a 2004 decision loss to Larry Donald, “The Warrior” has since won five of his last seven; the losses were title bids. Call him old, call him worn, but don’t call him irrelevant. In April, Holyfield scored an impressive 8th round TKO over former world champion Francois Botha.
Across the ring Saturday night will be the quintessential journeyman Sherman “Tank” Williams. With a record of 34-11-2 (19 ko’s) Williams has been fighting his entire life. Despite his eleven losses, Williams has been adamant that he is absolutely capable of derailing what could be the final campaign of Holyfield. In his last ten bouts, Williams has found victory nine times proving that although he has suffered some setbacks, he is still capable of competing on a high level. This heavyweight bout is a showdown of styles between two powerful fighters.
While Holyfield and Williams are in the twilight of their careers, “Redemption in America” delivers a stunning undercard to place the spotlight on some of the country’s best heavyweight contenders. Scheduled to face Charles Davis (19-21-2, 4 ko’s) is former title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett. Having fought the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Nicolay Valuev, and David Haye, Barrett will look to return to his winning ways in front of an American audience. Having fought much of his recent bouts overseas, it will be a luxury that the veteran Barrett has not had the pleasure of enjoying.
Saturday night’s card will also feature another recent world title contender in Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (23-1-1). Since battling Vitali Klitschko for the world heavyweight title in December of 2009, Johnson has been working his way back to the forefront of American hopefuls and his scheduled eight round bout with the 7’1 goliath Julius Long (15-14, 13 ko’s) will be a difficult test on his road back to the top.
Rounding out the night’s events will be a bout between the heavy-hitting Cedric “The Bos” Boswell (32-1, 25 ko’s) and Dominique Alexander (19-9-1, 9 ko’s). Unbeaten in his last eleven bouts, and not having lost since 2003, Boswell is looking to stake his claim as the next great contender to emerge from the American landscape. Included in his most recent victories were high profile defeats over the likes of Roman Greenburg, Cisse Salif, and most recently Owen “What the Heck” Beck. With momentum on his side, Boswell will seek to be a standout on the high profile stage of Saturday night’s undercard.
Along with the bouts mentioned will be a light middleweight showdown between unbeaten Domonique Dolton (9-0, 6 ko’s) and Marcos Primera (20-22, 13 ko’s) as well as a light welterweight bout featuring Miguel Gonzalez (12-2, 10 ko’s) and Ramon Guevara (9-20, 6 ko’s). Included on the card will be light heavyweights Isiah Thomas (8-0, 4 ko’s) and Damar Singleton (6-0, 4 ko’s).
“Redemption In American,” presented by ARK Promotions in association with The Greenbrier, will be distributed in North American by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay per view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice and Shaw PPV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
Packages include event tickets, hotel accommodations plus tickets to the Greenbrier Classic PGA Golf Tournament in July and tickets to two concerts starring Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. Ticket/hotel packages can be purchased at www.greenbrier.com or by calling 1.800.453.4858. Deadline to book reservations is Jan. 21.
Doors open at 6 PM/ET, first bout at 7 PM/ET, and first PPV fight at 9 PM/ET, 6 PM/PT.