posted on May, 17 2003 @ 06:19 PM
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - May 14, 2003
Evander Holyfield will be close to his 41st birthday on Oct. 4, the date HBO officials may choose for the former champion to meet WBA titleholder Roy
Jones. But chances are he won't be close to Africa.
Jim Thomas, Holyfield's attorney, said Tuesday all parties are continuing to work toward the fight being made in the fall, with Madison Square Garden
or a Las Vegas casino serving as the most likely host. Jones' promoter reportedly expressed interesting in defending his title in Kenya, Uganda or
Tanzania to help raise AIDS awareness. Raulf Tiamho, who heads a group called Africans United Against AIDS Globally (AUAAG), claims promoter Murad
Muhammad has given him the go-ahead to organize the fight.
But Thomas said the chances of the fight happening in Africa are "minimal," adding, "I recall HBO being reluctant to go to China in the past because
they thought security was an issue. Given the prevailing global climate, I can't see how HBO's take on those issues have changed."
There also are numerous logistical complications involved with holding the bout in Africa, as well the issue of whether a significant site fee can be
Holyfield continues to rehabilitate from surgery for a torn rotator cuff, which he suffered in a loss to Chris Byrd in December. He is 2-3-2 in his
past seven fights and turns 41 on Oct. 19, but continues to pursue the belts.