Holyfield, Akinwande Set To Clash in Nigeria

Jared GilkersonContributor IJune 11, 2010

According to the Nigerian Compass former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (43-10-2) is set to fight late 90's, early 2000's fringe contender Henry Akinwande (50-4-1) in Nigeria sometime later this year.

It seems that Akinwande's dream has always been to fight Holyfield at some point in his career.

"Though, I'm more into the administration of the game now in Lagos State because I'm now the Chairman of the Lagos Amatuer Boxing Association, I still train and I want to achieve the dream of fighting against Evander before I finally drop the gloves," he stated. (Nigerian Compass)

Akinwande was at his best in the 90's when he beat Alex Schulz for the European Heavyweight title. He then won the vacant WBO Heavyweight Championship in 1996 against Jeremy Williams.

He then faced WBC Champion Lennox Lewis in 1997. He was disqualified in the fifth round by judge Mills Lane for excessive holding.

Evander Holyfield is recently coming off of an eight round TKO victory over Francois Botha in April and is trying to climb the heavyweight ladder to once again earn another title shot.

He received title shots against Sultan Ibragimov in 2007 and Nikolay Valuev in 2008, losing both by unanimous decision.

Holyfield will be 48 years old in October and Akinwande will be 45. I love seeing Evander fight, even at this point in his career, and I firmly believe that he can win the title for a record fifth time, but he needs to step up and fight a top 20 contender if he wants to get another shot at the title.