Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 11/14/14
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After 18 years, two of the great heavyweight gladiators of the 1990s are set to do it again. Almost. In Feburary 2013, Evander Holyfield will fight a four-round exhibition bout with Ray Mercer. The bout has zero impact on the heavyweight title picture, because while Holyfield stopped Brian Nielsen as recently as May 2011, Mercer has not fought since 2008. Even so, the bout should entertain nostalgic South African boxing fans, and serve as a reminder of what a truly exciting heavyweight bout really is, because Holyfield vs. Mercer I was one of the best non-title heavyweight fights of the late 20th Century. Holyfield vs. Mercer I: Career Crossroads Credit: Gary Rothstein/Icon SMI When Evander Holyfield decided to make a comeback, he did not take the easy route. Following his close Majority Decision loss to Michael Moorer in 1994, the Real Deal was diagnosed with noncompliant left ventricle, which later turned out to be a misdiagnosis due to complications from the treatment he was...
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