Gorey heavyweight Niall Kennedy welcomes Evander Holyfield link

Ireland’s #1 heavyweight Niall Kennedy [13(8)-1(1)-1] has welcomed Evander Holyfield [44(29)-10(2)-2] talk.

It’s tentative at best, but the Wexford big man was recently linked to the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion of the world.

Meath native and former Holyfied foe Seamus McDonagh suggested Kennedy as the ideal foe for the five time world champion, who has recently suggested he is coming out of retirement.

‘Boom Boom Baz’ admitted the fight would be unlikely, but wasn’t too dismissive revealing he would accept and offer if it was put on the table.

The 57-year-old revealed he was considering lacing up the gloves again not long after 53-year-old Mike Tyson had done the same.

It’s unlikely the American will fight any active heavy and a charity clash with his former rival ‘Iron Mike’ looks the most likely avenue back to the ring.

Speaking recently he said he admitted primary discussions about a contest had already taken place.

“Mike and I talked once about this and from that point on his people have spoken to my people. We are not at a point where we are at an agreement but there have been conversations.

“There are some big people from different countries who would like for us to do it. My whole thing is, ‘Yes, if there is a way we can do it, then do it’.

“Me being me and Mike being who Mike is, I know it could be something big.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]