Evander Holyfield talks 'Big Knockout Boxing'

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX  -- We've been talking sports all week long, with the Super Bowl and Phoenix Open taking over the Valley.

Now, we're adding boxing to the mix. Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield joined us on Good Morning Arizona to talk to us about a new form of boxing: "Big Knockout Boxing."

Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) is an exciting new form of the sport, designed to revive the art of the knockout. It's a "close-range" boxing format that emphasizes up-close boxing techniques, and  encourages and rewards aggressive toe-to-toe action, to produce action-packed bouts and highlight real knockouts.

"It's about balance," says Holyfield. "The boxer who can balance himself and get his punches out, it's going to make an action-packed fight."

BKB fights take place in "The Pit," a 17-foot-wide circular area that's roughly half the size of a boxing ring.

Following its first event last August, BKB is holding its second event on Saturday, April 4, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

"I think BKB is the perfect situation, because you have to box," says Holyfield. "You can't run around; you have to stand toe-to-toe. And the guy who's the better defensive fighter and has good leverage is probably going to be the one to win."