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Lem’s latest: Mike Tyson to honor Evander Holyfield on Aug. 9

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Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson lost twice to Evander Holyfield, once by 11th-round stoppage in November 1996, and by third-round disqualification in their return bout — the controversial ear-bite fight in June 1997.

But on Aug. 9 at the Cohiba Ballroom of the New Tropicana Las Vegas, Tyson will present Holyfield, with his induction trophy as the four-time champion enters the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, founder Rich Marotta announced on Monday. Holyfield will be inducted along with George Foreman and former multi-division champ Roberto Duran.

Also among the 18 inductees in the Nevada “Resident” category are former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, whose biggest bout in Las Vegas was his first-round knockout of Floyd Patterson, and ex-lightweight beltholder Cornelius Boza-Edwards, who fought a variety of high-action battles in Nevada.

In the “Adoptive Nevada Resident” category, former heavyweight champ Joe Louis, who lived the last several years of his life in Las Vegas, was chosen. The “Pioneer Boxers” were Jack Dempsey and Archie Moore.

 

SERGEY KOVALEV FEATURED IN HBO DOCUMENTARY ON SATURDAY

HBO will devote a 2 Days documentary segment to WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday at 11:45 p.m. ET/PT in advance of Kovalev’s Aug. 2 defense against Blake Caparello (19-0-1, 6 KOs) from the Revel Resort in Atlantic City, the network and Kovalev’s promoter, Main Events, announced on Monday.

The 2 Days segment on Kovalev will follow Saturday night’s broadcast of a defense by WBA middleweight beltholder Gennady Golovkin against Daniel Geale from New York’s Madison Square Garden.

 

FERNANDO MONTIEL RETURNS TO ACTION ON SATURDAY

Former WBC and WBO bantamweight beltholder Fernando Montiel (51-4-2, 37 KOs), who turned 35 in March, will be after his sixth straight victory when he meets Jesus Rios (30-5-1, 21 KOs), 30, on Saturday night in Villafores, Mexico.

Montiel was last in action for a majority decision victory over ex-beltholder Cristobal Cruz on March 15 that followed a third-round stoppage of Jaderes Padua in June 2013.

Montiel last suffered defeat in November 2011 against future titlewinner Victor Terrazas by unanimous decision after being floored in the fifth round. The loss to Terrazas ended a streak of three, consecutive knockout wins by Montiel.

Meanwhile, Rios has won his past three fights by knockout since being stopped in the second round by Michael Farenas in December, and was last in action for last month’s second round stoppage of Cristian Lopez.

Montiel’s previous loss to that had been in February 2011 by second-round knockout to Nonito Donaire, costing Montiel his titles and ending a 11-0-1 unbeaten run that had included nine knockouts.

A three-division titlewinner before facing Donaire, Montiel entered that bout having scored a sensational fourth-round knockout over Hozumi Hasegawa, who at the time was on a 25-fight winning streak.

Montiel’s other losses were by majority decision to Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson in March 2003, and by split-decision to Jhonny Gonzalez in May 2006.

MATTHEW MACKLIN FIGHTS JORGE SEBATIEN HEILAND FOR THE RIGHT TO FACE MIGUEL COTTO

Middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin will headline an event on Aug. 30 against Jorge Sebastien Heiland at National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, in a WBC eliminator for the right to face RING champion Miguel Cotto, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport announced on Monday.

Macklin (30-5, 20 knockouts), 32, is 2-3 with one stoppage win in his past five fights and is coming off a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Lamar Rush in December. Heiland (23-4-2, 11 KOs), who is 27, will be in pursuit of his third consecutive stoppage win and was last in the ring for last month’s sixth-round knockout of Cesar Hernan Reynoso.

“For the last few years, now, all my fights have been in the U.S., and while it’s been great having big fights in New York and Las Vegas, I’ve definitely missed fighting at home. There’s a huge appetite among boxing fans to see big time boxing back in Dublin and there’s no atmosphere in the world like an Irish fight night,” said Macklin.

“I know that Eddie can deliver the big fights for me in Dublin so it’s a very exciting time for me. It’s great to have an eliminator to put me straight back in the frame for another world title fight. Heiland is rated No. 4 with the WBC, so I’m sure he will be coming to Ireland with his own World title ambitions. It’s a must win fight for me, and it doesn’t matter what he brings to the ring on Aug. 30, he won’t be beating me.”

In succession, Macklin’s losses during that time were to Felix Sturm by split decision in a failed attempt to win the WBA belt in June 2011; an 11th round stoppage loss to then-RING champion Sergio Martinez, whom he floored in the seventh round in March 2012 and by third round knockout against WBA titleholder Gennady Golovkin in June 2013 before facing Rush.

Macklin bounced back from the loss to Martinez with a first-round knockout of Joachim Alcine in September 2012.

Cotto dethroned Martinez by 10th-round knockout last month, dropping Martinez three times in the first round.

“I can’t wait for our first show in Dublin, the fans are in for a real treat. It’s a stacked card with Matthew in a hugely important fight that puts him in a great position to challenge for another World title,” said Hearn of Macklin, who also lost a split-decision to then-WBA beltholder Felix Sturm in June 2011.

“We’ve seen Matthew denied of what I believe was a victory in Germany against Sturm, and a great performance against Sergio Martinez. The Cotto fight would be a great event. He is straight back in at the deep end against Heiland, but let’s be honest, he wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Also on the card are 2012 British Olympic gold medalist heavyweight Anthony Joshua (7-0, 7 KOs), who will face Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (16-7, 14 KOs) and is coming off a second-round knockout of Matthew Skelton on July 12.

In other fights, junior bantamweight Kal Yafai (11-0, 8 KOs) takes on Luke Wilton (16-4-1, 7 KOs), and middleweights Spike O’Sullivan (17-1, 10 KOs) and Anthony Fitzgerald (16-6, 4 KOs) will do battle.

Unbeaten middleweight Luke Keeler and Dublin’s Luke Keeler and Declan Garrity will also appear.

 

EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ TO FACE ALEXIS SANTIAGO ON AUG. 2

Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez ( 9-0, 5 KO’s ) will face Alexis Santiago ( 16-3, 7 KO’s ) on Aug. 2 at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cata├▒o, Puerto Rico, Fresh Boxing announced on Monday.