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?