Holyfield issues Klitschko challenge
August 19, 2012 14:18:58 UK
Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has set his sights on the Klitschko brothers, despite being two months away from his 50th birthday.
Vitali Klitschko defends his WBC crown next month against Manuel Charr.
Holyfield has not been in action since May 2011, when he stopped Denmark's Brian Nielsen in ten rounds, but has both Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko in mind for his next outing.
He told Sky Sports: "They (the Klitschkos) have got an opportunity to probably make the biggest payday of their lives fighting me.
"They are telling everyone that they respect me and that they don't want to beat me up.
"But I fought George Foreman, I fought Larry Holmes and I said the same thing. I said that I wouldn't get any credibility from beating someone older.
"With the Klitschkos, they aren't choosing to fight me, I've said I'll fight them. All they got to do is realise that both of us will make money."
WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO Wladimir retained his titles with a sixth-round stoppage of American Tony Thompson in early July, while WBC champion Vitali is in action next month when he takes on Manuel Charr in Moscow.
Klitschko is 1.03 to inflict a first professional defeat on German Charr, who is 11.00 to cause a massive upset and stretch his unbeaten record to 22 fights.
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