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Evander Holyfield fight with Williams ruled no contest

Sherman Williams and Evander Holyfield
Sherman Williams and Evander Holyfield clashed heads in the second round

Evander Holyfield's fight with Sherman Williams was ruled a no contest when the veteran suffered a cut above the left eye after an accidental headbutt.

The clash happened in the second round with the fight stopped after the third.

It meant the 48-year-old four-time heavyweight champion retained the lightly regarded WBF title on Saturday.

Holyfield's next fight in Denmark on 5 March against Brian Neilsen is now in doubt with the American needing time to heal the eye wound.

After the fight, 38-year-old Williams, who had not fought since a late 2009 unanimous-decision loss to Manuel Charr, said he would be open to taking Holyfield's spot in Denmark.


Holyfield (43-10-2) also mentioned the possibility of a rematch with Williams (34-11-2) after the bout.

The former undisputed cruiserweight champion landed the first big punch of the fight, a straight left to his opponent's face in the first, but was countered soon after and flustered near the end of the round by a flurry of Williams' blows.

Holyfield was then cut after an accidental clash of heads in the second and Williams staggered him with several overhand punches at the start of the third.

The capacity crowd rose to its feet in the third round when Williams resumed his attack, Holyfield staggered into the ropes and nearly went to the canvas, but was able to regain his balance.

Holyfield again faced a series of punches from Williams to end the third, and appeared almost relived when the fight was stopped because of the cut.

see also
Holyfield wins battle of veterans
11 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Holyfield-Botha fight is delayed
04 Jan 10 |  Boxing
Valuev ends Holyfield title dream
20 Dec 08 |  Boxing

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