Holyfield to fight Ethiopia exhibition bout in July – ADDIS ABABA (AFP)

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Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will fight an exhibition match in Ethiopia in July to help raise funds for AIDS victims, promoters announced Friday. (more…)

Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will fight an exhibition match in Ethiopia in July to help raise funds for AIDS victims, promoters announced Friday.

The 46-year-old will take on Ethiopian-born American Sammy Retta in Addis Ababa on July 26, in what will be the Horn of Africa nation’s first ever showpiece boxing bout.

“The two boxers and their team will arrive in Addis Ababa on May 17th to conclude a contract and for promotional purposes before the match on July 26,” promoter Eshetu Belay told a press conference.

The match will cost organisers upto seven million dollars, Eshetu said, but declined to disclose how much Holyfield would receive in appearance money.

“Evander showed extreme enthusiasm to fight for the first time in Africa. He is very much delighted to be part of such a worthy cause,” Eshetu added.

His scheduled opponent is a 35-year-old super-middleweight.

The four-time world champion last fought a competitive match at the end of last year when he lost in controversial circumstances to Russian Sultan Ibragimov in an attempt to clinch an unprecedented fifth title.

Holyfield is best remembered for having his ear bitten off by Mike Tyson in 1997 in a match which was later coined as the “The Bite Fight”.

The fight would rank as one of the highest-profile all-American boxing bouts on African soil since the legendary 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” that pitted Muhammad Ali against Joe Frazier in the former Zaire.

  1. Geremew
    | #1

    Is this a joke?

    Who’s Sammy Retta anyway? Who is the organizer wasting 7 million dollars on such fake fight? Is it the same al amoudi who scammed billions of dollars from the “gold dug out”, which he should not have ownership in the first place? According to Forbes, Al Amoudi hit the jack pot on the Ethiopian Gold. Al Amoudi should give back the land and all profits he made so far to the Ethiopian People. All the profits, Meles and Azeb made from the sale of this land should be given back to the Ethiopian People.

    Who is attending the fight?

    Sammy – Here is a cautious note for you:

    Run away as fast as you can since you will be spitting out all “Injera” and “Wot” you have been eating since childhood.

  2. binyam
    | #2

    Thinking positive helps for one’s health But the comment I read above is not at all. If the show is going to take place, good for them and good for their cause. By the way, Ethiopia is best known for its athlets and injera has a lot to do with their success. Think, at least twice before opening your mouth brother.

  3. atuba dolla
    | #3

    Yes,it has always and will be true and absolute fact that Ethiopia is the the atome of human life.Many,this day are trying to connect with their original soul by connecting the dots on life line.

    It is also true that the second coming of christ will be revealed in Ethiopia,then the humanbeings will seek life in the land where christ live eternally with all his followers.That is what is going to happen in Ethiopia.All will trace back their root in many different ways.Long live Ethiopia.

  4. teddy
    | #4

    this is great stuff!! beyonce and famous singers and now famous boxed holyfield going to addis ababa will change the image of ethiopia.
    God bless Ethiopia!!

  5. BIRZO
    | #5

    woyane ezbun arhst lemaskeyer bemefelegu berimotkontrol kemiazachew ye hageritun habt endizerfuna beadera melk beimnet drshawn yefelegebet bank lemaskemet alem akef limd kakabetutna leweyane kenna mata tenberkkew edme yemilemnut milioneroch kelbachew le aids imuman techenkew sayhon ye hageritun wektawina angebgabiwn chigr madenzeja lemegat new.egna mefthe ye minfelgew ethiopian kemiyaferarsat WOYANE kemibal tsere andnet vaires leandena lemechersha hagerachinin malakek new lemangnawm wondim holifild misgana yigebawal wstun aywkmna!

  6. Ethiopia
    | #6

    ሚገርም ነው!! ጎበዝ የእማማ ኢትዮጵያን እና የህዝቦቾን ችግር ብዙዎቻችን የተረዳን አይመስለኝም::ስለዚህ ይህ ነገር ለእማማ ፌዝ ነው:: Really it is so Funny!!!

  7. Jungle Boy
    | #7

    These are foolish black americans who do not have any idea of the suffering of black people by black dictators. Beyonce shouldn’t have gone to sing for a dictator. Evander is doing the same thing. They should understand that their pampering of a dictatorship makes the suffering of poor black africans harsher. If we knew in advance we would have discouraged him from doing this. There are other demopcratically run African nations. He could have gone there to do his African thing. Ethiopia is a land of suffering. We don’t want hip hop thugs and boxing stars to make it even worse.

  8. fish
    | #8

    I believe it is a desperate move by the meles regime. when the going get tough all of his lies run out and the opposition get ground he want to divert the attention of Ethiopians and the world. Even the blind supporter of meles the british liberal MPs are proved to be petty thief s and this time woyanes Holifield will not save you and your ears will be bitten.

  9. dodo
    | #9

    realy some times we should understand before we say something. in my idea i am happy to such known BOXER in my country and the purpose of the the match is acceptable. whether to divert the attention of our people or not. but u should know something those you live abroad what ever it is Ethiopians know more than you expect even politics. what ever you said we know who can lead us. some blind peoples write because they want to write any thing just to oppose the WOYYANE pls learn or listen.

  10. አንድነት
    | #10

    ሳሚ ረታ መዋጋት ያለብህ ወያኔን ነው የሃገርህን ህዝብ ለማዳን!

  11. Druumer
    | #11

    It is not a big deal.

  12. WEGESHAW
    | #12

    It seems as if the Tyrannical regime asking the Boxer Evander Holyfield to save him from shame! The news should not be considered as something big is happening when we compare it with the struggle going on to save our mother land! We have to think of the vast land given to foreigners and things like how to bring the perpetrators of horrendous crime of genocide proportion committed in Ethiopia to international court! Abugidawoch I ask you, please bring us some news about ICC, Human rights and similar organizations decisions and about their outcome if there is any! The Humanitarian part of this news is good, but when you see the timing of the happening it seems that the tyrant is playing game in order to gain some time. It is known that the brutal regime is a bit suffocated by now and so sugar tainting its horrendous violation of human right THANK YOU

  13. WEGESHAW
    | #13

    It seems as if the Tyrannical regime asking the Boxer Evander Holyfield to save him from shame! The news should not be considered as something big is happening when we compare it with the struggle going on to save our mother land! We have to think of the vast land given to foreigners and things like how to bring the perpetrators of horrendous crime of genocide proportion committed in Ethiopia to international court! Abugidawoch I ask you, please bring us some news about ICC, Human rights and similar organizations decisions and about their outcome if there is any! The Humanitarian part of this news is good, but when you see the timing of the happening it seems that the tyrant is playing game in order to gain some time. It is known that the brutal regime is a bit suffocated by now and so sugar tainting its horrendous violation of human right.
    THANK YOU

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