Ibragimov, Holyfield Moscow Notes

A few days ago Sultan visited Red Square wearing a USA track suit. Moments after entering he was confronted by Kremlin workers lugging bags of Russian clothing gear who insisted that he change into their nation's colors . . . I guess none of them noticed the ticket checker at the Kremlin entrance who was wearing a New England Patriots baseball cap . . ..

Moscow traffic makes the LA Freeway at rush hour look like the Indy 500. There are between 10-12 million Muscovites-and 4 million cars. Drivers park everywhere and anywhere, including on the sidewalk. One individual parked in the right lane of a three-lane highway. . . . Amazingly enough horn blowing is rarely heard . . .

On Tuesday Holyfield visited the U.S. embassy and presented the U.S. ambassador with an "Evander Holyfield Grill". The grill is perfect for tailgating while sitting in Moscow traffic . . .

Overheard during a travel venture along Moscow's main avenue: "The concept of staying in your lane is yet to arrive over here" . . .

Think you have problems with your boss? St. Basil's Cathedral, a truly stunning architectural masterpiece, was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the mid-1500s. Upon its completion legend says that Ivan blinded the architect, Postnik Yakovlev, to prevent him from creating something more beautiful . . .

Decorated Russian General Yuri Kulik is a huge Evander Holyfield fan. He was among the welcoming party at the Moscow airport when Holyfield arrived on Sunday, and he has offered to take the four-time heavyweight champion on a scenic tour of the city via the Moscow River on his personal boat . . .

Most memorable question asked by the Moscow media at the final press conf on Wednesday: "Evander, how is your ear?"

Most omnipresent corporate logo in the city: McDonald's

At an open-to-the-public workout on Monday, Holyfield was presented with a personalized jersey with his name written across the back: Holifield . . . Oh well, it's the thought that counts, isn't it?

Moscow is a beautiful city and the people have treated the Holyfield camp like royalty. It has been a wonderful experience for all involved. Next stop: Fight Night . . .

Article posted on 11.10.2007

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