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Holyfield: Klitschko Needs Roach for Fury Rematch

23 June 2012: Former world boxing champion Evander Holyfield smiles as he sits ringside at the Viva Don King II boxing matches at the Paradise Live at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. Don King held his 80th birthday celebration at the Hard Rock Live the night before fights.

Though a date has not been set for a rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko, the former champion will most certainly be getting an opportunity to exact revenge on the first man to defeat him in 10 years.

But it won’t be as simple as getting himself back into the ring to ensure a victory over Fury, some say. Former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield thinks Klitschko needs to enlist the services of an iconic cornerman to improve on his chances of defeating the brash Brit.

“You need someone in the corner that you respect,” Holyfield said (per Boxing Scene).  Otherwise you won’t listen to your coach and [you won’t] get the best out of yourself.

“I would suggest that he include Freddie Roach [in his corner].”

Klitschko’s longtime trainer Emmanuel Steward passed away in 2012 after suffering complications due to colon cancer. As Holyfield notes, Klitschko may not have the same level of respect for Jonathan Banks, Steward’s successor.

The Ukranian heavyweight went unbeaten from 2004-15, all before running into Fury at the Espirit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany in November. Klitschko was uncharacteristically tentative in his title defense, seemingly unwilling to engage in  any sort of noteworthy exchanges with Fury in the duration of the 12-round contest.

All three judges saw Klitschko lose the bout. The loss ended an almost historic run by Klitschko, who was two wins away from tying Larry Holmes for second all-time for consecutive title defenses by a heavyweight champion. Joe Louis stands in first place with 25 straight wins atop boxing’s heavyweight division.

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