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Holyfield-Williams report/gallery
Ringsides by Brady Crytzer
Photos by Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenImages.com

Saturday night’s title fight between Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and Sherman “Tank” Williams abruptly ended after three rounds due to a cut over Holyfield’s left eye that he suffered in the second round. Holyfield was unable to continue after three and the fight was declared a no contest because the cut was caused by an accidental head butt and the fight didn’t go minimum four rounds. Continued »

Holyfield-Williams photos
Photo: Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenImages.com
Saturday night’s title fight between Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and Sherman “Tank” Williams abruptly ended after three rounds due to a cut over Holyfield’s left eye that he suffered in the second round. Holyfield was unable to continue after three and the fight was declared a no contest because the cut was caused by an accidental head butt and the fight didn’t go minimum four rounds. Continued »

Holyfield-Williams post-fight quotes
Evander Holyfield: “I’m very disappointed. He fought the way he should have. He understood he would have his head low when he threw the overhand right. If I didn’t move back, we’d clash heads. It was to his advantage to get lower because he’s short. Being that short he had to fight that fight. He didn’t have to, he chose to.”
“Stuff like this happens and I’ll shake it off. Hopefully, I’ll get this stitched up and it won’t be a problem. Life goes on, it’s part of boxing.”
. . . . .
Sherman Williams: “I’ve had my own personal setbacks. To get over what I did was a miracle. I trained hard for this fight. I was fighting a legend and I can’t take anything away from him. I feel like I should have won by TKO. I cut him with an overhand right, but I respect him.”
“I root for him. He’s almost 50 and still training and performing. I admire what he’s done but it’s time to let younger guys fight and older guys do television commentary. He’s not as good looking as I am. You’ve made sacrifices, won 4 world championships and fought in the Olympics. But this is a new time, a new era. Mr. Holyfield shouldn’t be taking punches from younger guys. That’s how I feel. It’s time for him to move on but, if he wants, we can do it again.”
“After the first round he was falling into my trap. When he felt I was in retreat…bang with the overhand right, and that’s when I saw blood.”

Holyfield-Williams quick quotes
Evander Holyfield: “I’m cut. He head-butted me. He came down on me with his head. I don’t know about my next fight (March 5 vs. Brian Nielson in Denmark). I’m cut, I’m cut. I’ll give Sherman a rematch.”
. . . .
Sherman Williams: “I’m back. This fight was a circus, on again, off again. But I stayed focused. I hurt him with an overhand punch. Let’s bring this fight to Atlantis – Holyfield-Williams II. I’ll take his place in Denmark and fight Nielson.”

Holyfield-Williams ends in no decision
By Brady Crytzer at ringside
Legendary heavyweight world champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) and Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11, 19 KOs) ended in a three round no-contest on Saturday night at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The 48-year-old Holyfield was cut over the left eye in round two by an unintentional headbutt and rocked by a Williams right hand in round three. After the round Evander said he couldn’t see and the bout was declared a no contest. The cut could very well jeopardize Evander’s scheduled March 5 fight against Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

In the co-feature, former heavyweight title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (24-1-1, 10 KOs), who took the bout on short notice, won an eight round unanimous decision over 300lb, seven-footer Julius Long (15-15, 13 KOs). Johnson dropped Long twice in round eight. Scores were 79-71 on all cards.

Former heavyweight title challenger Monte Barrett (34-9-2, 20 KOs) and journeyman Charles Davis (19-21-3, 4 KOs) fought to an eight round majority draw. Scores were 77-75 Davis, 76-76, 76-76.

In an impressive display of brute power Cedric “The Boz” Boswell (32-1, 25 KOs) continued to roll stopping Dominique “Diamond” Alexander (19-10, 9 KOs) in the second round after knocking down his opponent three times with hard left hooks to the body.

Middleweight Willie Fortune (10-0, 5 KOs) won an eight round split decision over Donatas Bondoravas (10-2-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 77-75 for Fortune, 77-75 Bondoravas. Fortune was almost stopped midway through the fight, but recovered well..

Unbeaten middleweight Domonique Dolton (10-0, 7 KOs) took a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over veteran Marcos Primera (20-23-2, 13 KOs). Scores were 80-72 on all cards.

Junior welterweight Miguel Gonzalez (13-2, 12 KOs) scored a third round KO over Ramon Guevara (9-21-2, 6 KOs). The bout was stopped due to the three knockdown rule.

Holyfield thinks Greenbrier is ideal venue
Putting on a professional boxing event at The Greenbrier may be a new phenomenon, but former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and his renowned trainer Tommy Brooks think that it’s an ideal venue. . . . Click here for more by Register Herald


At the scales
Evander Holyfield 224 vs. Sherman Williams 258
Kevin Johnson 245.5 vs. Julius Long 300
Monte Barrett 228.5 vs. Charles Davis 232.5
Donatas Bondoravas 160 vs Willie Fortune 158
Cedric Boswell 232 vs. Dominque Alexander 215
Domonique Dolton 159 vs. Marcos Primera 162.5
Miguel Gonzalez 135.5 vs. Ramon Guevara 133.5
Photo: Steven Limentani

Weigh-in alert
The official weigh-in for “Redemption in America,” headlining Evander Holyfield vs. Sherman Williams, is scheduled for 4 PM/ET tomorrow at the Greenbrier’s Casino Club. Due to the resort’s guest policy, only ticketed customers to Saturday night’s fights, as well as registered guests and club members at the Greenbrier, are invited.

Holyfield is focused, determined
"Well it's a beautiful venue, couldn't ask for anything more elegant," said former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. Holyfield will continue his comeback at The Greenbrier on Saturday going into the ring against Sherman "Tank" Williams . . . Click here for more by State Journal

'Kingpin' is back!
Heavyweight contender, and former world title challenger, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (23-1-1, 10KO’s) will be back in action this Saturday night when he takes on Julius “Towering Inferno” Long (15-14, 13KO’s) in an eight round bout on the undercard of Saturday night’s Pay Per View “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” card, headlined by Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28KO’s) defending his WBF Heavyweight Title against Sherman Williams (34-11-2, 19KO’s) at The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia . . . Click here for more

Preview: Holyfield vs. Williams
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 . . . Click here for more

Greenbrier gets ready for 'The Real Deal'
A big boxing match is coming to The Greenbrier. Evander Holyfield will enter the ring against Sherman "The Tank" Williams at The Greenbrier's Colonial Hall on Saturday. . . . Click here for more by WVNS TV

'Tank' Williams also wants chance to fight for title
Sherman "Tank" Williams gets the perfect opportunity to pump some life back into his boxing career Saturday night when he takes on future Hall of Famer Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. . . . Click here for more by the Herald-Dispatch

Evander Holyfield on the Klitschkos
Even after having turned 48 years old in October, four-time heavyweight champion, Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield, will meet 38-year-old Sherman "Tank" Williams on Saturday night at the Greenbrier Resort in southeastern West Virginia. . . . Click here for more by AOL Fanhouse

Almost 50 and still in the ring
Evander Holyfield's goal at age 48 is the same as it was when he started boxing professionally 26 years ago . . . Click here for more by the Herald-Dispatch

Musical acts precede boxing event
The "Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now" pay-per-view scheduled Saturday night at The Greenbrier Resort will start with music and conclude with boxing . . . . Click here for more by the Herald-Dispatch

Holyfield looks for another world title
Everyone knows Evander Holyfield refuses to quit. That earned him massive laurels when he resurrected his career with two monster victories against Mike Tyson, in 1996 and 1997, and another stirring win against Michael Moorer . . . Click here for more by Joe Maxse in the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Redemption a theme for fighters
Since Jim Justice gained control of The Greenbrier, the resort has experienced a sense of rebirth. With Saturday’s “Redemption in America” event featuring a prize fight between Evander Holyfield and Sherman Williams, that theme will continue for both the fighters and the resort. . . . Click here for more by the Register-Herald

'Kingpin' Johnson replaces Kauffman vs. Long
Former world heavyweight title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson has replaced an ill Travis Kauffman against dangerous Julius “Towering Inferno” Long (15-14, 13 KOs) in an 8-round bout on Saturday night’s “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View event, headlined by living legend, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) defending his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against challenger Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), live from America’s resort -- The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall -- in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Continued

Greenbrier owner hopes boxing event brings energy, attention to resort
A major boxing event will take place at West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort this coming weekend . . . Click here for more by WV Public Broadcasting

Holyfield keeps punching
The photos and posters on the walls of the Church Street boxing gym in downtown Manhattan are starting to fade away. Some of them are even peeling off. Posters of fights long passed and fighters long retired, the canvassed walls are a reminder of everything and everyone that has come before . . . Continued

Holyfield focused, Williams upset-minded
On Saturday, January 22nd future Hall of Fame inductee Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield returns to action when he takes on Sherman “Tank” Williams live on pay-per-view. Hosted by the world famous Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfur Springs, WV, the event titled “Redemption in America” will feature the heavyweight showdown atop an exciting undercard of promising newcomers. Though the two fighters will not meet until Saturday night, the pair of experienced veterans hosted a press conference on Monday to address the media . . . Continued

Holyfield speaks out
Some critics say he's past his prime, but this weekend boxing great Evander Holyfield plans on showing everyone he's still "The Real Deal." . . . Click here for more by WSAZ


Holyfield workout slideshow
Slideshow: 4-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield works out in New York City on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Church Street Gym: Click here for more photos by Chris Cozzone

Holyfield: 'I want to be champion again'
"I have a goal. My goal ever since 1992 to be the heavyweight champion of the world again." . . . Click here for more on CNN Blogs

Holmes & Lewis backing Holyfield at ringside
Two of the all-time greatest world heavyweight champions, Lennox Lewis and Larry Holmes, will be special guests supporting their former rival, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs), when the living legend defends his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title Saturday night against challenger Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), live from America’s resort — The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall — in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Continued

Holyfield continues quest
Difficult to imagine, but four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield still clings to what once was a brilliant career. While his well-known rivals, who ruled the heavyweight landscape with Holyfield in the 1990s, are long retired, Holyfield continues to land fight dates. . . Click here for more by Miami Herald

Weather KOs Holyfield workout
Evander Holyfield’s scheduled open workout this morning at the Church St. Gym in New York City has been cancelled. Due to inclement weather in New York City, Holyfield had to take an earlier flight out of NYC for White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where he will headline Saturday night’s “Redemption” PPV show against Sherman Williams at The Greenbrier.


Holyfield on FOX NY

Here is a link to Evander Holyfield’s interview this morning on “Good Day All Day” on Fox NY. Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) defends his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title Saturday night against challenger Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), live from America’s resort — The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall — in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.


Holyfield works out in NYC

4-time world heavyweight champion and living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) worked out before a big crowd today at New York City’s Church St. Boxing Gym. Evander was in town to promote his clash “Redemption in America” against veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams on January 22 at Colonial Hall, The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Stay tuned for a full photo gallery and an interview. Photo by Chris Cozzone

“Two Gunz” Barrett to come out blazing against Davis
Former world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett is involved in a crossroads fight every time he steps into the ring. His next action is scheduled for January 22nd against Charles Davis in one of four pay-per-view fights on the “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” card, headlined by living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) defending his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against challenger Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), live from America’s resort -- The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall -- in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Continued

Holyfield NYC workouts
4-time world heavyweight champion and living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) will be conducting open workouts on Monday and Tuesday at 10AM in New York City at the Church St. Boxing Gym (25 Park Place). Evander will be in town to promote his clash “Redemption in America” against veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams on January 22 at Colonial Hall, The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Greenbrier ticket packages
People around the world are eager to be a part of history at The Greenbrier. We’re pleased to make single ticket pricing and additional packages available for the spectacular American comeback story starring Evander Holyfield. Continued

Williams says to Holyfield: ‘Put on your best pair of dancing shoes’ for Jan. 22 PPV bout
Veteran heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) will step into the ring with Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield on January 22 at the historic Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Continued 

Holyfield: Redemption in America
Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 21 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against battled-tested veteran Sherman “The Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) in a 12-round championship fight January 22, headlining the “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View Event, live from America’s resort — The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall — in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Continued

Williams plans to give Holyfield a beating
Battle-tested Sherman “Tank” Williams plans to give living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield a beating January 22 when they headline “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View Event, live from America’s resort, The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Continued

Williams: 'Holyfield scared to face me!'
(Bahamas Tribune) SHERMAN 'the Tank' Williams said he's still in shock, but that he thinks the reason his fight has been postponed - again - is because Evander 'the Real Deal' Holyfield is "scared to face him". The duo were originally set to clash on November 5 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, but it has been pushed back to December 9 at the same venue..Continued »

Holyfield Returns to Ring
‘Redemption in America' live on PPV

Living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield returns to the ring January 22, headlining “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View Event, live from America’s resort, The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Holyfield (43-10-2, 218 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against battled-tested veteran Sherman “The Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event. Continued »

REDEMPTION IN AMERICA
Living legend Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield returns to the ring January 22, headlining “Redemption In America: The Journey Begins Now” Pay-Per-View Event. Holyfield (43-10-2, 218 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Federation heavyweight title against battled-tested veteran Sherman “The Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event.
Live on Pay-Per-View from the Greenbrier America's Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT

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IN THE MEDIA

Holyfield thinks Greenbrier is the ideal venue - Register Herald

Holyfield determined, focused - State Journal

Holyfield on the Klitschkos - AOL Fanhouse

'Tank' Williams also looks for chance for title - Herald-Dispatch

Musical acts precede boxing event - Herald-Dispatch

Almost 50 an still in the ring - Herald-Dispatch

The Greenbrier gets ready for 'The Real Deal' - WVNS

Holyfield focused on Williams - Fightnews

Holyfield keeps punching - Fightnews

Greenbrier owner hopes boxing event brings energy - WV Public Broadcast

'Redemption' a theme - Beckley Register Herald

Holyfield workout slideshow - Fightnews

Holyfield looks for another shot - Cleveland Plain Dealer

Holyfield speaks out about Greenbrier bout - WSAZ

Holyfield: I want to be heavyweight champion again - CNN Blogs

Holyfield continues quest - Miami Herald

Resolve remains 'undisputed' - Sports Network

Holyfield soldiers on - AP

Holyfield to box at Greenbrier
- AP

On again off again runaround - Freeport News

Williams: Holyfield scared Bahamas Tribune

Holyfield fight reset for W.V. Detroit Free Press

Holyfield books "Tank" AFP

Holyfield-Williams back on? Fightnews