Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, who never has fought a major heavyweight bout in his hometown of Atlanta, will accomplish that personal goal at The Omni on Nov. 23, when he defends his World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles against Francesco Damiani of Italy.
"The site got down to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Omni," said Kathy Duva, spokeswoman for Main Events Inc., which promotes Holyfield's fights. "Evander said he felt this might be the last opportunity to fight in his back yard."
Holyfield reportedly will earn $8 million for his first defense since winning a unanimous decision over former champion George Foreman, in Atlantic City, N.J., on April 19. Damiani, who lost his World Boxing Organization crown to Ray Mercer in January, will receive $750,000 for the bout, which will be carried by Home Box Office.