Holyfield finalizes deal for April bout in Las Vegas

Evander Holyfield, who has had fights canceled in Uganda, South Korea and Ethiopia, finally has secured his next bout in the most foreign land of all: Las Vegas.

Holyfield, who hasn’t fought in Las Vegas since a loss to James Toney in 2003, will meet Frans Botha at the Thomas & Mack Center April 10, manager Ken Sanders said Friday. Details of the long-rumored bout were finalized Friday, with Holyfield guaranteed about $1 million.

Holyfield, 47, and Botha, 41, were scheduled to fight in Uganda in Feb. 20, but the bout was canceled due to lack of financing. Both recently received one-fight licenses from the state of Nevada. Botha holds the heavyweight title for one of the lesser sanctioning bodies, the World Boxing Federation.

Sanders also shot down recent reports that a possible third fight between Holyfield and Mike Tyson was in the works.

“It’s not going to happen, not with [promoter] Don King involved, and I don’t think it’s going to happen, period,” Sanders said. “Nobody has talked to Evander or me. All we heard was Don King wanted to do it, and we wouldn’t do that with him for $50 million. Let me say this: I don’t think Tyson is ever going to fight again. But I wish he would. I think that fight would make a lot of money, but I don’t think that will happen.”