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

Updated: July 29, 2006, 6:16 PM ET
Associated Press

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."

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