Originally created 05/17/98

Holyfield says he's likely to retire in the year 2000

NEW YORK -- Evander Holyfield has no desire to emulate George Foreman and Larry Holmes, who are nearing 50 and signed to fight each other.

Holyfield, who is 35, says his goal is to fight into the next century and then put away his boxing gloves.

"Two thousand -- that's the year I would like to retire," Holyfield said. "I'd like to take my belt to the year 2000."

The IBF and WBA champion said he would support a mandatory retirement age for fighters, but he didn't say at what age.

Also, Holyfield saw an age limit as something that would go into effect in the future, and not bar Holmes and Foreman from meeting.

They would be grandfathered, so to speak.

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