It took four-time heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield
less than six minutes to stop Jeremy Bates (21-12-2) for his first win in over four years. Holyfield, 43, threw combinations and looked sharp after a 21-month layoff. Bates was game and landed one decent right hand in the second round but was completely outclassed from the opening bell. Bates was never knocked down but the referee almost stopped the fight at the end of the first round and finally called a halt to the one-sided action at 2:56 of the second with Bates trapped on the ropes and not firing back.
After the fight, Holyfield said he'd like to fight a top ten heavyweight later this year and then contend for a title in 2007. Next up might be a November date with Sinan Samil Sam of Turkey -- a much more difficult opponent than Bates and ranked number five by the WBC (though not legitimately a top ten heavyweight). Hey, George Foreman won a title at 45 so you never know . . .