Thursday, September 07, 2006

Holyfield set to take on Oquendo

By JE Grant

The AP reports today that Evander Holyfield will face Fres Oquendo in November.

Though ranked by only one of the alphabet sanctioning bodies, Oquendo, 33, represents a major step up for Holyfield, 43, who faced hapless Jeremy Bates in August (KO 2). He is ranked number 16 in our latest Top 25 Heavyweights list.

It also may prove the last stop for the former champion. Oquendo, not known as a big puncher, is nonetheless a much fresher boxer who is quick-fisted and lands at a greater frequency than Holyfield can likely tolerate at this stage of his career (and life).

Holyfield has repeatedly stated that his intent for this latest comeback is to recapture a world title. Holyfield is 2-4-1, in his last seven bouts stretching back to the date of losing to John Ruiz in 2001.

Importantly, his early stoppage of Bates represented Holyfield’s first knockout victory in nine (yes nine) years.

In the Bates bout, as has always been the case for Holyfield, he appeared to be in top condition. Appearances are indeed deceiving. Despite a muscular build that many bodybuilders would envy, since losing his title to Ruiz, Holyfield has shown a propensity for being hit without his trademark ability to counter-punch in evidence.

He can likely pass any battery of medical tests and indeed is entitled to continue fighting as long as he does so, but it is clear to all but him that no world title will come his way again.

Oquendo will land with sharp punches early and often. While many of us expect to see an Oquendo stoppage victory, the only real question is when it will come. For Holyfield’s sake let’s hope it comes early.


Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Ehh...Agreed. While Oquendo is nothing extraordinary, he has decent power, size, skills, is relatively fast - and relatively young. All this equals likely defeat for EH I.M.O. I think it will be fairly close...For awhile. Perhaps if it is 10 EH will go the distance, but I just don't see him winning here. If he does - more power to him. If that were the case, he would have a bit more left in the 'tank' than I thought.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

BTW- The Boytsov clips are on my other computer, JE. I will send them soon.


10:21 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

Maskaev has just announced he will be fighting in Moscow in December. Kudos for coming back 4 months after his last fight. (Is that too much to ask for these days?) Anyways, look for him to defend against a fringe-contender, in a close to 50-50 type bout on paper.

11:19 PM  
Blogger JE Boxing said...

Maskaev is likely aware of his potential shortcomings that would be evident against Klitschko. He could've cleared 5 million against Klitschko. I'm sure he'll get much less in Moscow.

10:25 PM  
Anonymous the cruiserweight said...

...5 million??? Wow. I didn't think it was quite THAT much. (I thought maybe 2 or 3)

3:50 AM  
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9:32 PM  

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