Holyfield decisions Savarese

evander holyfield30.06.07 - By Scott Frake: Former four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (42-8-2, 27 KOs) showed brief flashes of his former greatness on Saturday night while winning an exciting 1-round decision over 41-year old Lou Savarese ( 46-7, 38 Kos) at the Don Haskins center in El Paso, Texas. Holyfield, 44, knocked Savarese down in both the 4th and 9th rounds and had Savarese badly hurt on both occasions, however, he was unable to finish him off. Holyfield opened a cut on the forehead of Savarese late in the 1st round from a left hand. The final judgesí scores were 99-87, 98-90, and 96-91, all for Holyfield.

In rounds one and two, both fighters looked very slow and lethargic, throwing very little punches of note. Holyfield appeared to win both due to several combinations, but Savarese made it close largely because of his more powerful shots, mainly uppercuts.

In round three, Savarese landed a number of excellent uppercuts, one of which was a huge right hand uppercut that appeared to briefly hurt Holyfield and caused him to take a step backwards. Savarese followed up with left-right combinations and continued to back up Holyfield for the remainder of the round.

In round four, Holyfield landed a devastating right hand shortly into the round that badly wobbled Savarese and sent him in full retreat going backwards. Holyfield quickly followed after him throwing combinations the entire time, but most of them missing. Finally, Holyfield connected with a left hook to the body that sent Savarese to the canvas. He immediately got up but was still badly hurt, and took a beating for the remainder of the round, although he surprisingly remained on his feet.

evander holyfieldIn rounds five and six, Holyfield didnít do much to speak of, mostly looking tired from having thrown so many punches in the 4th. Savarese, for his part, landed powerful uppercuts and right hands to the face of Holyfield. I gave both rounds to Savarese due to his superior workrate.

In rounds seven and eight, Holyfield appeared to get more of his energy back, as he was able to land combinations in each of the rounds. He still looked tired, though, and nothing like the Holyfield from 10-years ago. Savarese continued to land hard uppercuts, which made the rounds close.

In round nine, Savarese badly outworked Holyfield for most of the round, landing numerous shots, and making Holyfield look old. However, with around 15 seconds left in the round, Holyfield suddenly landed a right hand to Savareseís midsection and then a big left hook to the head that sent Savarese to the canvas where he landed flat on his back. He staggered to his feet, and was clearly badly hurt. However, the round ended seconds later, luckily for him because it didnít appear that he could take much more.

In the 10th round, Holyfield continued to hammer Savarese and hurt him once again with a left-right combination. Savarese staggered and fell to the canvas briefly but the referee ruled that it had been a push. Holyfield followed up with more hard shots, which had Savarese staggering badly. It looked as if the referee should have stepped in and stopped the bout late in the round, but he let it go on, probably because Savarese was able to throw a few feeble lefts in between all of the shots he was eating.

For the most part, Holyfield looked incredibly good for his age, landing some excellent shots during the course of the bout. However, his workrate appeared very low compared to his youth, and seemed to tire out after the fourth. At this point, Iíd have a tough time picking him over any of the top 10 fighters, most of which would easily be able to throw more punches than him. He does, however, still punch hard on rare occasions, like, for example, in the 4th and ninth rounds when he landed hard shots that knocked Savarese down. This alone would give him a chance against any heavyweight, though probably not a good one, because he quickly tires out when going for a knockout.

Article posted on 01.07.2007

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