Remembering Evander Holyfield’s Win Over Lou Savarese in El Paso
As we continue to watch comeback videos of 50-something former boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, some would love to see the two former heavyweight champions step into the ring together for a third time for charity. Even if those two do not meet, both are exploring potential returns to the ring. Sports fans are starved for anything at this point, and both Tyson and Holyfield were so popular in the prime of their careers that a pair of comeback stories could be just what America needs.
El Paso boxing fans never had the opportunity to see Tyson fight in the Sun City. However, Holyfield did box at the Don Haskins Center in the summer of 2007. At that time, the 44-year old was three bouts into his comeback tour after a two year layoff, and his opponent was 41-year old Lou Savarese. The 10-round bout went the distance, despite Savarese getting knocked down in both the ninth and tenth rounds. All three judges scored it for Holyfield (98-90, 99-87, and 96-91). Nearly three years later, "The Real Deal" knocked out Francois Botha in the eight round to win the vacant WBF heavyweight title.
Just days before the clash at the Don Haskins Center, Holyfield joined The Bear as a guest on the Don Haskins Show. We will be replaying that conversation, which took place on the patio at The State Line restaurant during the Don Haskins Hour. In the meantime, here is the entire bout between Holyfield and Savarese to watch and enjoy. I would not want to be the lucky one to find out if he still has that big left hand like he landed during his first comeback, 13 years ago.