Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Holyfield's Age Shows in Title Win

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Holyfield's Age Shows in Title Win

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LAS VEGAS -- Evander Holyfield set out to prove something by winning the WBA heavyweight title against John Ruiz. Unfortunately, he wound up proving the wrong thing.

Yes, Holyfield won a title for an unprecedented fourth time, just as he had planned. But what Saturday night's narrow but unanimous decision really showed was that Holyfield might rethink his career plans as he nears his 38th birthday.

The fighter who staged thrilling wars with Riddick Bowe and pulled one of boxing's biggest upsets against Mike Tyson looked just like what he has become against Ruiz -- an aging fighter whose reflexes are increasingly suspect.

"Everything is hard for me," Holyfield (37-4-1) said. "I'm accustomed to it. If it's not hard, it's probably not worth it."

Holyfield became a heavyweight champion once again by using the ring generalship acquired in 19 previous title fights to take the 12th round and win by one point on two ringside scorecards, and four on a third. …

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