Nikolai Valuev vs. Evander Holyfield

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Nikolai Valuev vs. Evander Holyfield
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Date: 
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Location: 
Zurich, Switzerland
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
Heavyweight
Titles at Stake: 
WBA Heavyweight Championship
Referee: 
Luis Pabon

Official Judging
Pierluigi Poppi 116 - 112
Mikael Hook 115 - 114
Guillermo Perez Pineda 114 - 114

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Evander Holyfield makes one last attempt to regain a portion of the Heavyweight Championship when he takes on WBA Champion Nikolai Valuev. After twelve timid rounds, Holyfield appears to have finally realized his dream but is denied once again when the judges award Valuev a highly controversial majority decision win.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Nikolai Valuev
                                                                    
9.10
9
9
9.20
9.10
9.90
9.80
10
9.30
9
9
10
Evander Holyfield
                                                                    
9.90
10
10
9.80
9.90
9.10
9.30
9
9.70
10
10
9


Fan Cards: Nikolai Valuev vs. Evander Holyfield


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
NIKOLAI VALUEV
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
112
EVANDER HOLYFIELD
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
116


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
NIKOLAI VALUEV
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
112
EVANDER HOLYFIELD
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
116


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
NIKOLAI VALUEV
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
112
EVANDER HOLYFIELD
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
116


scorecard by JTL
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
NIKOLAI VALUEV
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
113
EVANDER HOLYFIELD
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
116


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
NIKOLAI VALUEV
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
112
EVANDER HOLYFIELD
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
116


scorecard by LUKASZRPB
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
NIKOLAI VALUEV
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
113
EVANDER HOLYFIELD
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
115


scorecard by COREY WILLINGER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
NIKOLAI VALUEV
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
112
EVANDER HOLYFIELD
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
116


scorecard by TALESFROMTHECRYPT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
NIKOLAI VALUEV
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
112
EVANDER HOLYFIELD
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
116


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
NIKOLAI VALUEV
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
113
EVANDER HOLYFIELD
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
115


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
NIKOLAI VALUEV
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
113
EVANDER HOLYFIELD
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
115


Comments

Champion97's picture

This is the kind of fight that people who don't understand boxing would call dull and boring, it was one of those fights where both guys are aiming to nullify reach other, not just tear each other to pieces, and I personally think variety is good in the sport, it is good to see aj war, but it is also good to see a tentative, tactical boxing match.

rorschach's picture

Evander should have won this fight.

Gold's picture

This is the worst title fight I have ever had the displeasure of seeing!

First of all, let's talk about the two boxers. "Sugar" Nikolai Valuev, the WBA champion, is possibly the worst and most unathletic world championship boxer I have ever seen in my life, both in terms of his boxing ability and physique. Evander Holyfield, a once truly great champion, is beyond shot at this point with an insane amount of miles on him. Physically, he's in incredible shape, juiced out of his mind, but his athletic ability and boxing skills have long left him.

There are almost no tactical adjustments made in this fight. The fight is fought at an insanely slow pace because the fight is a terrible stylistic matchup and both guys are in extremely poor form. This represents almost the entirety of the fight: Holyfield bounces around, uses lateral movement, and then tries to get inside on Valuev's 8000 inch jab. If he gets inside, he lands combinations on Valuev because Valuev is a terrible boxer who has no idea how to fight on the inside or use his size outside of his jab. If he doesn't get on the inside, then Valuev has a chance to use his 8000 inch jab which represents the vast majority of punches he lands in this fight.

I personally think this is a robbery, Valuev almost exclusively only lands jabs for the vast majority of the fight and he doesn't have good enough punch output, ring generalship, etc to offset the flurries of power punches Holyfield has here and there. Overall, I don't think this is a hard fight to score either, the rounds are relatively definitive. I have no idea how Poppi scored this 8-4 for Valuev. However, I don't really feel sorry for Holyfield in not getting the decision even if it would have made him the only five-time world heavyweight champion and oldest heavyweight champion in history. He certainly contributed to it being an absolutely horrible fight.

Champion97's picture

If it was so bad and such a displeasure, why watch it?

Because.......... I like tearing fights apart.
Not every fight is a slugfest.

Gold's picture

Same reason people watch The Room directed by Tommy Wiseau, because it's so bad you have to see it to believe it. There is nothing here to tear apart, both guys are basic and formulaic in how they fight, partially because of the size/stylistic matchup. This isn't like Lara or Rigondeaux where they had low output and were tentative but are clearly world class boxers, both of these guys are just in absolutely terrible form.

Champion97's picture

Unathletic, first off looks aren't relevant, certainly not at heavyweight, second, 300 lbs, 7 feet tall!
Holyfield did great in the early rounds, a foot shorter, and still landing clean shots, and at his age? Wtf did you want from him?!

Gold's picture

It's not the fact he is 310 lbs, it's what 310 lbs represents. He shouldn't be 310 lbs because he's supposed to be an athlete. The fact he's unathletic has shown in the ring. Holyfield did well in the first rounds in comparison, it was extremely low punch output and he was able to land flurries because Valuev is not a good boxer at all.

Champion97's picture
Gold's picture

Thoughtful response. Valuev is a terrible boxer and athlete for a world champion. If you are saying he's 7 ft tall as an excuse, first off there are plenty of great 7 ft tall athletes out there, Valuev just isn't one of them. If he wanted to use 300 lbs as an advantage, that would be one thing, but he doesn't use it at all.