Valuev Defeats Holyfield on Questionable Decision

By William Mckay: World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) won a fight that few people felt he deserved tonight in Switzerland, defeating Evander Holyfield (42-10-2, 27 KOs) by a controversial 12-round majority decision. Valuev, 35, looked bad, unable to pull the trigger, weak, slow and doing little other than plodding after Holyfield in most of the rounds..

Up until the 8th round, as far as I can tell, Valuev came close to winning none of the rounds. That's not to say that Holyfield was much better, because he looked awful, but he was at least landing a couple of good punches per round compared to Valuev's pawing jabs.

Holyfield used a lot of lateral movement and bouncing to keep Valuev from getting his shots off. The strategy worked to perfection, that is, until the final four rounds of the fight when Holyfield tired out somewhat. Valuev still did little in those rounds, making the rounds close and difficult to judge. Most of the action was painful to watch, because both fighters threw so few punches in the rounds. However, Holyfield was the clear winner of the fight, as far as I'm concerned. Valuev was later booed fiercely by the Swiss crowd. Hopefully, Holyfield retires now.

Article posted on 21.12.2008

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