Evander Holyfield KOs Frans Botha for WBF Title

Evander Holyfield made a successful return to the ring by dropping Frans Botha with a right straight early in the eighth round of their WBF heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas. The 47-year-old Holyfield was trailing in two of the three judges’ scorecards when he knocked down the 41-year-old Botha, who was able to beat the count. Referee Russell Mora, however, stopped the fight later in the round after seeing that Botha was hurt.

It was Holyfield’s first fight since losing a majority decision to Nikolay Valuev for the WBA heavyweight title on December 20, 2008. After the win at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Holyfield said he is looking forward to winning one of the major titles. Holyfield said he would like to face either of the two Klitschko brothers. Vladimir Klitschko holds the IBF and WBO titles while Vitali is the reigning WBC champion. Britain’s David Haye is the WBA heavyweight ruler.

Holyfield, who has a 43-10-2 win-loss-draw professional career record, vowed “to be the undisputed world heavyweight champion.”