The world of boxing has seen some amazing fighters come and go over the years, but there’s no doubt about the fact that we always have to take their ‘retirement’ with a pinch of salt. While they claim to be quitting the ring forever, many of them make a triumphant return later on in their lives as they just can’t stand being away from the sport. It seems as though this has been the case for Evander Holyfield.
A Boxing Legend
Evander Holyfield is a huge name in the boxing world, and that’s not just because he got his ear bitten off in one of the most iconic fights of all time. Over the course of his career, Holyfield also proved himself to be a worthy contender, and someone who deserved the success and the titles that he achieved. Many fans were sad to see him retire in 2014, but it seems as though he’s now out of retirement and is already smashing his training regime.
Gearing Up To Fight
However, it’s important to note that Holyfield is only coming out of retirement to take part in charity fights. He has stated that he will be competing as part of the #Unite4OurFight organization, which aims to help young people obtain emotional and educational help during the coronavirus pandemic. As well as sharing his intent to fight, he has also shared videos of his training sessions, where you can see his quick feet and his impressive punches.
Not The Only One
Of course, he’s not the only boxer to do this. A few weeks ago, we learned that Mike Tyson would also be coming out of retirement to take part in the same charity matches. Because of this, we can’t help but think that there could be an epic showdown about to take place. After all, we all know that Tyson and Holyfield have a strained relationship…
Welcome back, Holyfield!
ATP always finds ways to entertain fans by quizzing and interviewing tennis players. However, one seemingly fun interview conducted at the beginning of the 2021 season has gone from a cutesy social media video to a full-blown prediction. You guessed it — it was Cameron Norrie answering a very important question, “who do you think would have a breakthrough season in 2021?” His response — himself. And that’s exactly what happened.
Cameron Norrie’s Impressive Season
Norrie’s journey to the top-20 men’s ranking is no coincidence. As he’s now part of the elite group of professional tennis players to hold a Masters 1000 trophy and officially become the new British No 1, it’s clear to see the sheer confidence and commitment that he has carried with him to the top. His Indian Wells title looks to be one of many to come, and why not even a Grand Slam victory, too?
His Eye Is Set on Becoming the World’s No 1
If there’s one word that perfectly describes Cameron Norrie, it is ambition. He has consistently affirmed that his biggest goal is to become No 1 in men’s professional tennis. Unlike many players who want the same, he has already moved closer to his target. As we all know, behind every great player stands an equally great coach. It’s no secret that 26-year-old Norrie is good friends with his coach, 29-year-old Facundo Lugones.
His impressive rise in 2021 was the result of great progress both physically and mentally. Norrie was able to get his returns to 26.1%, which is a big leap from the 20.3% he had in 2019. In addition to that, the left-handed Brit has also worked on improving his serve, forehand, and virtually every aspect of his game. His flat backhand and high-bouncing forehand allowed him to dictate more points and keep his opponents on their toes.
The 2021 Indian Wells was certainly a turning point for the talented player. He stressed the importance of managing to beat Grigor Dimitrov’s single-handed backhand in the semis as well as Nikoloz Basilashvili’s resilience in the final.