EL PASO, Texas -- Evander Holyfield outworked and outclassed
Lou Savarese on Saturday night, winning a 10-round unanimous
decision to remain undefeated in his latest comeback.
Holyfield, the 44-year-old former heavyweight champion, started
and ended the fight with a hard left to the head of the 41-year-old
Savarese. In between, Holyfield was in control.
The judges scored it 98-90, 99-87 and 96-91.
Savarese, a former title contender himself, held his own for the
first eight rounds before being knocked off his feet with a hard
left to the chin.
Holyfield (42-8-2) knocked Savarese (46-7) to the mat again in
the 10th, with Savarese looking as though he was hoping to just
Holyfield came in weighing 219 pounds, giving Savarese a
23-pound advantage that wasn't all that tough to overcome.
"Lou hurt me with an upper cut [in the third]...but I got away
from the next one," Holyfield said after the fight.
That was about the only stunning shot for Savarese, who himself
had been on the comeback trail.
Holyfield said after a quick try at fighting the taller Savarese
on the inside, he moved to the outside and did his best to land
some quick, hard left jabs.
Savarese did a good job of dodging second hits, Holyfield said.
Savarese, looking swollen and battered, said that the fight was
"I fought hard," he said. "I gave it my all."
It was Holyfield's fourth bout since returning to boxing after a
two-year layoff. His goal is to win an unprecedented fifth
heavyweight title and unify the belts in the messy division before
retiring for good.
Saturday's result was a big step toward possibly getting another
crack at one of the many fighters holding a heavyweight
For his part, Holyfield said he believes a title shot will be
"I will be the five-time undisputed heavyweight champion of the
world," Holyfield said.
Holyfield last held the undisputed championship after a 1990 win
against James "Buster" Douglas.
Holyfield started his comeback in Texas last year. Despite his
wins, Holyfield is just three years removed from losing his license
to fight in New York, where boxing officials cited diminished
skills shortly after losing an ugly 12-round decision to Larry Donald.
Holyfield's professional career dates to 1984, and he's hoping
to become the oldest heavyweight champion ever, surpassing George