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Evander Holyfield and Francois Botha schedule fight to cancel

Evander Holyfield is scheduled to face Francois Botha in January. Don't expect the fight will actually happen.
Evander Holyfield is scheduled to face Francois Botha in January. Don't expect the fight will actually happen.

Francois Botha, who holds the "WBF heavyweight title," will fight Evander Holyfield in Uganda on January 16. (Wink, wink.)

Holyfield (42-10-2, 27 KO) turned 47 in October and hasn't fought since his mind-numbingly boring and fairly controversial decision loss to Nikolai Valuev in December 2008. Botha (47-4-3, 28 KO) is a spry 41, and is 3-0-1 since his 2007 comeback. The draw came in his last fight, an eight-rounder against 39-year-old Cuban Pedro Carrion (8-1-1, 6 KO). Botha has called that the worst performance of his career.

Chances are this fight never happens. You can almost set your watch to Evander scheduling a fight in a foreign country and then it never happening, so don't expect this one to actually take place either.

And if it does, that's 88 years of heavyweight in the ring. I suppose if it does happen, and Holyfield were to get the W, he'd start calling himself heavyweight champion of the world and demanding fights with the Klitschkos.