Holyfield-Williams a no-contest

Sun, 23 Jan 07:47:00 2011

Evander Holyfield's fight with Sherman Williams was ruled a no-contest after the four-time world heavyweight champion was cut above the eye in West Virginia.

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Holyfield, 48, sustained the cut in the second round when Williams's head made contact just above his left eye.

Holyfield re-emerged for the third round and Williams was able to connect with several overhand punches but before the bell for the start of the fourth round, the bout was ruled a no-contest.

"(Williams) fought the way he should have," Holyfield said. "I understood what he was doing. He was trying to get his head low to stand me up and open me up.

"He was warned several times in that short amount of time. He didn't have to (use his head).

"I'll just have to make an adjustment. I've had 11 setbacks but I don't quit. I'll shake it off and I'll be back."

The night's other planned title fights - a double-bill featuring Sebastian Sylvester v Mehdi Bouadla (IBF middleweight) and Steve Cunningham v Enad Licina (IBF cruiserweight) - were both cancelled earlier in the week after an injury to Sylvester.


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