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Ex heavyweight champion Holyfield says Dubai is perfect place for any boxing match (Amended)

Dubai, Mon, 23 Jan 2012 ANI

Dubai, Jan 23(ANI): Four time undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Evander Holyfield believes that the emirate of Dubai is the perfect place to stage a boxing match.


Holyfield, 49, is expected to visit Dubai from March 31 to April 1.


According to a Gulf News report, Holyfield is looking to stage his next bout for a world title in Dubai this year.


He hopes to add to his record of 57 fights, which includes 44 wins, 29 KOs 10 losses, two draws and one no contest.


In an attempt to either undercard or outstage the seemingly improbable Pacquiao-Mayweather Dubai 'Desert Dust Up', targets are rumoured to be either Dr Ironfist Vitali Klitschko or his brother 'Dr Steelhammer' Wlamidir for one last crack at a title.


Holyfield has fought and beaten the likes of George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis in a career spanning an astounding four decades.


Should he beat his next planned opponent, Holyfield would surpass Bernard Hopkins' oldest world title winner boast by a whole three years, but he'd still be some way off the 'world oldest active boxer' record currently held by 54- year-old Brit Steve Ward, the Gulf News reports.


When asked whether he would continue fighting: Holyfield said:


"Well, of course, I'd like to fight for a world title there [in Dubai]. People there have never had the opportunity to see me fight personally, and I think it can be a very big draw for me to fight a title fight over there and show people that not only can I win another world title, but do it at 49 years of age."


"It shows that if you take care of yourself, it can happen for you. Age is nothing really but a number. I take one day at a time. I just know I can do it today, I don't know about tomorrow. If I could get it there, it would be great. I'm not exactly sure on the opponent, but if the right opportunity arises, I'm sure you'll find a lot of people would fight," he added. (ANI)


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