Heavyweight boxing legend Evander Holyfield refused to rule out a return to the ring – at the age of 50 – as he kicked off his UK tour in the region.
The five-time world champion is making just four appearances in his month-long UK speaking tour with the first at Cannock’s Bar Sport last night.
He addressed a sold-out audience of more than 200 people and also took questions from fans at the venue’s Premier Lounge.
But before taking to the stage Holyfield, who last boxed in 2011, told the Express & Star that he has still not hung up his gloves for good and could make another comeback.
The American, who is a four-time world heavyweight champion and an ex-world cruiserweight champion said: “I’m not officially retired.”
Holyfield, who won his last fight against Denmark’s Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen in May, 2011, added: “I haven’t washed my hands of boxing yet.
Ron Gray, aged 70, a boxing promoter at Wolverhampton Civic Hall for 25 years, was among the crowd at the event organised by bar boss Scott Murray. He said: “Evander is one of the all-time great fighters and Scott has worked hard to get him here first.
“It’s a real coup for Cannock.”
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