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Hill and Holyfield Square off in Williston


Two legends in the boxing world came together in Williston last Friday to help restart the Williston Amateur Boxing Club. World champions Virgil Hill and Evander Holyfield hosted matches at the hockey arena to promote boxing and its positive influence on youth. Fairview Boxing Club provided the ring and coach Kirby Sundheim was excited to be able to help officiate the matches, meet Holyfield and reconnect with Hill. “It was really impressive,” he said. “Both guys are really nice and had a great message for everyone there.”

Hill and Holyfield were teammates in the 1984 Olympics when Hill took the silver medal and Holyfield the bronze. Both went on to become world champions. Their goal is to create more boxing clubs in the country. Sundheim explained that the Fairview Club has to travel long distances to get matches, with the closest ones being in Minot and Wolf Point.

“There was a real good turnout,” Sundheim said. The main event was an 8 rounder with a 7th round knockout. There were also two kick boxing matches. An exhibition match between Hill and veteran Williston boxer Mike Palmer was also a hit.


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