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Evander Holyfield to box Nigerian politician with Nobel Laureate as referee

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The legendary boxer is scheduled to compete in May against the former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will return to the ring in May against a retired Nigerian politician.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Holyfield, 54, is expected to face former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu in a charity boxing match on May 25 at the Eko Atlantic City. The event dubbed “Rumble in Lagos” will also feature Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka as the celebrity referee.

The charity event plans to donate “five 40 feet containers of medical and relief materials worth over $2 million dollars to Lagos State Government and other neighbouring states.” Part of the proceeds will also go to not-for-profit organizations specialized in helping Africans living with disabilities. Yet while the event is supports serious causes, Tinubu plans to have some fun with the promotional aspect of the fight.

“I can’t wait to knock Evander down,” said the 65-year-old politician. “I am the real champion of the world.’’

Holyfield, a former five-time world heavyweight champion, is expected to tour Lagos and meet with the youth during his visit in May. Apart from the upcoming charity bout, the legendary boxer recently founded Real Deal Championship Title Boxing, which he expects to broadcast on televised on CBS Sports Net in the coming months.

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