'Tank' Willliams also looks for chance to fight for title
HUNTINGTON -- Sherman "Tank" Williams gets the perfect opportunity to pump some life back into his boxing career Saturday night when he takes on future Hall of Famer Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
"I'm totally motivated. It's big for me," Williams said in a telephone interview from his training headquarters in Vero Beach, Fla. "I hope to have that WBF belt around my waist."
Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 knockouts) has gone 6-6-1 since last holding the WBA belt in 2000. If Holyfield, 48, beats Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs), he has a March 5 bout scheduled against 45-year-old Brian Nielsen in Nielsen's native Denmark. A win then and boxing's only four-time heavyweight champion has his sights set on either WBC champ Vitali Klitschko or WBA titleholder David Haye.
"Evander's in the driver's seat," Williams said. "I hope to take the same course. I'm excited about this fight, not just because I'm fighting Holyfield, but what beating him impressively, or knocking him out, can do for me. It can better position me for a fight against Vitali Klitschko or David Haye."
Holyfield is coming off of April 2010's eighth-round knockout of Francois Botha in Las Vegas, a triumph that made him the fringe WBF titlist.
Williams has been idle since October 2009 when he lost to Manuel Charr in Germany. After that setback, Williams was involved in a car accident. He suffered three herniated discs in his lower back and four herniations in his upper back.
"I'm well now," Williams said. "I thank God."
Williams endured three delays before this fight finally was made. It originally was scheduled in November and then December in Detroit, but got postponed each time. Reasons cited were slow ticket sales and lack then of a television deal.
While Holyfield has the edge in experience, Williams believes he has what it takes to mix it up with the champ.
"He's a warrior. He's a legend in the heavyweight division," Williams said. "Styles make fights. Some don't like my pressure. I mix it up. I like close quarters. I believe he'll bring out the greatness in me. Just because he's a few years older, Holyfield still is the same in the ring. I plan on going to war with him."