Battle of 42-year-olds: Virgil Hill says he'll fight Maske

7/29/2006 - Boxing

FARGO, N.D. -- Virgil Hill says he has negotiated a deal to
fight Henry Maske in Germany, probably in January.

Hill defeated Maske 10 years ago to claim the WBA, WBO and IBF
light heavyweight title belts. Both boxers are 42.

"It's amazing, at the tender age of 42, everybody wants to beat
up on the old boy," Hill said.

He negotiated the fight himself, he said, though manager Bill
Sorensen is still part of his boxing team.

"It was just that in this particular instance, I negotiated it
myself," Hill said. "It was great. I got everything I wanted and
even more."

He declined to disclose the fight's purse except to say it
involves "seven figures."

Hill is 50-5 with 23 knockouts. Maske is 30-1. He has not fought
since losing the only bout of his career to Hill.

The North Dakota boxer was preparing Saturday night to be the
color commentator on a pay-per-view card featuring a light
heavyweight title fight between Roy Jones Jr. and Prince Badi in
Boise, Idaho. Hill was to be joined by the veteran boxing broadcast
team of Barry Tompkins and Al Bernstein.

"So far, it's been pretty intimidating," Hill said earlier in
the week. "Everybody is taking notes except for me."

Hill had praise for the announcers.

"They're good," he said. "They reassured me I'll do just
fine. I trust them."