48 year-old Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KO’s) looks at “Father Time” as just another opponent when he takes on Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KO’s) tomorrow night at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Holyfield, a 4-time Heavyweight Champion, makes it clear that this bout has nothing to do with money, only his drive to become a 5-time Heavyweight Champion.
The father of eleven children (six boys and five girls) ranging in age from four (youngest), to twenty-seven (oldest), Holyfield bristles of talk that he remains active in the sport only for the payday.
But there does seem to be some substance in that conversation simply because of the brutality of the sport that, at his age, can be life-threatening.
At a time in life when many others would choose becoming a couch potatoe over being punched in the face, Holyfield continues his quest to earn a title shot with either Vitali, or Wladimir Klitschko, or David Haye, who all currently hold a heavyweight belt.
Should Holyfield accomplish his ultimate goal of landing such a title shot, and then defeating any of the current title holder’s, he would become the oldest champion to ever claim a recognizable title in the sport.
The undercard features heavyweights 31 year-old Kevin Johnson (23-1-1, 10 KO’s) vs 33 year-old Julius Long (15-14, 13 KO’s), and a pair of 39 year-old’s, Monte Barrett (34-9-1, 20 KO’s) against Charles Davis (19-21-2, 4 KO’s) that clearly means should Holyfield not destroy Williams, the evening could be rather boring for fight fans in attendance.
Expect Sherman “Tank” Williams to be a mere bump in the road tomorrow night, when he lasts no more than seven rounds against Holyfield, losing by TKO.
Of signifigance to Denver fight fans will be the well traveled, but popular, Tyler Pogline (5-7, 4 KO’s) fighting 23 year-old southpaw Anthony Lenk (8-1, 4 KO’s) on the undercard of the FOX telecasted main event that features Diego Magdaleno vs Marcos Leonardo Jiminez for the vacant NABF Super Featherweight title, in an unusual ten round bout.
The now 30 year-old Pogline, who resides in Colorado Springs, is well-known to Denver fight fans at both Red & Jerry’s off of Oxford and Santa Fe in Sheridan, Colorado, as well as Softball Country off of 64th and Lowell in Denver, for some of his exciting battles with “Bad” Brad Jackson, Adam Limon, and Andrew Marquez.
24 year-old Diego Magdaleno (17-0, 5 KO’s), a southpaw who stands 5’6″, is making a definite leap in competition when taking on 26 year-old Marcos Leonardo Jiminez (18-2, 12 KO’s) who stands 5’9″, when they tangle at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas tomorrow night.
Top Rank promotor Bob Arum must feel that Magdaleno is ready for some prime time events, and should he perform well against Jiminez, the big-payday fights will be in line.
Diego Magdaleno is a “star on the rise” and should have little problem showcasing his boxing skills against Jiminez, easily winning a unanimous decision.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com, and co-hosts INSIDE BOXING LIVE!