Relax, the nearly man of the golden heavyweight era of the 1970’s isn’t returning to the professional ring, though he still cuts a fearsome figure at the age of 62, but will be – according to the British tabloid, The Daily Mirror – competing in an evening of White Collar Boxing in Tranmere.
Relocated to Britain for years, the man who put Larry Holmes down and was widely regarded as the heaviest puncher of his era has been a familiar face in North West England, both on the ‘doors’ in various establishments but as an anacdotal commentator on all things boxing. Quite how they match a former heavyweight contender, a fighter who would surely have been a world champion in any other era but the one he inhabited with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, George Foreman and Larry Holmes, from a pool of bankers, bakers and candlestick makers is hard to fathom.
For the curious, Tranmere Football Ground on May 13th. Good luck to his opponent.