Valuev ends Holyfield's Swiss mission

 

Boxing:Evander Holyfield narrowly failed to become the oldest heavyweight champion of all time as Nikolai Valuev clinched a close majority decision in Switzerland last night.

After 12 tight rounds, the 'Russian Giant' was ahead 115-114 and 116-112 on two scorecards, while the third judge ruled it a 114-114 draw.

When the scorecards were read, boos rang out as the crowd favourite's narrow defeat was confirmed.

Holyfield admitted he will take time to consider whether to return to the ring after his defeat.

"I will go home and think about the future," he said. "But I knew I could still do it.

"I fought very well and won the fight but I did not get the decision. I think I showed tonight that I still can box and that age does not matter."

Valuev said it was an honour to fight a legend like Holyfield.

"I am proud to have been in the same ring with him," he said. "He was very fast and hard to hit. I can only advise people not to get hit by him. I expected a tough fight and that is what it was. Holyfield is a great fighter and he proved it tonight."