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Holyfield Talks Povetkin Fight, Tyson Incident, More

By Ruslan Chikov

Former four time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (44-10-2, 29KOs) is ready to accept the challenge of WBA "regular" champion Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15KOs). According to Holyfield, discussions are still ongoing to stage the fight on December 17th in Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland. At the moment, Holyfield, 48-years-old, has no intention of retiring.

"I'm still in the ring because I love boxing. I love this sport. I still like it very much. I want to be the world heavyweight champion for the fifth time in my career. That's my big dream. I dream of challenging Russia's Alexander Povetkin, the current WBA champion," Holyfield told George Lubrich. 

"It's not true [that I'm broke]. I have no financial problems and my house still belongs to me. [They say my house has] 109 rooms - because some people might have counted each chamber and each toilet. There are a lot of rooms, but not that many. I grew up in a very poor enviornment. And I've always said - should I even be rich, I will provide very generous living conditions. I wanted to make sure that there is enough room for guests. I also want to leave something for my next generation. So I bought, for example, 250 acres of land. The most important thing in life: One must never forget where you come from."

Holyfield revealed a story on how he ran into Mike Tyson a week after the infamous 1997 rematch, when Tyson got disqualified for biting off a piece of Holyfield's ear in the third round.

"Tyson wanted to finish the fight quickly, and he was afraid of getting knocked out, so he felt that he had to bite me. A week later, at a basketball game in New York, we saw each other in the elevator. And Mike just asked me 'hey, are you okay?.' That was his way of apologizing. Everyone thought we were going to fight in the elevator. Why? I made $35 million for a championship fight, and Mike made $25 million. Everything in nine minutes. Now why we fight for nothing?

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tlarry on 10-09-2011

Nice these two warriors made amends. They carried on a rich Heavyweight history, that Larry Holmes past on to them. Then the Heavyweight division was thee Division of all Divisions. When you had a Heavyweight Championship fight, you had a…

Comment by adp023 on 10-09-2011

[QUOTE=uglypug;11272072]Holmes was coming off a two year break. . . He didn't have the legs that he used to have in his prime - nowhere close. . . his jab didn't have the same zip on it either. . .…

Comment by adp023 on 10-09-2011

[QUOTE=uglypug;11272074]Just to make sure I checked boxrec and he never fought Lewis. . .[/QUOTE] My bad...I was thinking of Tony Tucker.

Comment by UglyPug on 10-09-2011

[QUOTE=musiol;11271961]holmes fought lewis when???did he ****[/QUOTE] Just to make sure I checked boxrec and he never fought Lewis. . .

Comment by UglyPug on 10-09-2011

[QUOTE=adp023;11271773]In my opinion, Larry Holmes is the indicator on a prime Mike Tyson. Yes, Tyson knocked Holmes the fukk out early. But then Holmes later fought Holyfied and Lewis and lost both fights by decision. That old Holmes that got…

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