44 year old former heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Evander Holyfield continues his quest to regain a world title when he steps into the ring tonight at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, to face 41 year old Houston based veteran Lou Savarese.
There are a few similarities here as both combatants are participating in their fourth fight following two year layoffs that followed consecutive losses.
After being universally castigated for continuing a career placed in jeopardy following a medical suspension, Holyfield, 41-8-2 (27), has made believers of some by handily defeating second tier opponents Fres Oquendo, Vinny Madalone and Jeremy Bates over the last ten months, all in the state of Texas.
Savarese, 46-6 (38), went into a two year hiatus after losing to Kirk Johnson and Larry Donald and since returning in March of last year has stopped a trio of a lower grade of opponents than Holyfield has faced in Marcus Rhode, Travis Fulton and Matt Hicks.
Like Savarese, Holyfield's best days are far, far behind him but "The Real Deal" has faced and defeated many more top level opponents than Big Lou and that experience alone could be enough for Holyfield to win this bout.
But Evander is 44 years old and at some point the veteran is going to hit the wall. If Savarese can steer clear of the still powerful left hook of Holyfield and get his punches off quicker than the aging legend, the Texan could pull off an upset.