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Klitschko-Povetkin Was Close To Holyfield-Douglas Record

By Hilmar Rojas

While many believed Tuesday's shocking heavyweight bid was a record-breaker, it still only comes in second to the main title holder. As first reported on BoxingScene.com, Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov set down a monster bid of $23,200,000 million dollars to overwhelm the competition at the WBA's mandatory heavyweight purse bid, securing the rights to the championship fight between Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 50KOs) and Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17KOs). K2 Promotions put in a bid of $7.1 million dollars and Sauerland Event bid 6.01 million.

But the record-holder is still standing strong. The record purse bid amount was made in 1990, when Las Vegas business icon Steve Wynn bid $32.1 million to secure the rights to the heavyweight bout between champion James "Buster" Douglas and challenger Evander Holyfield. The headquarters of the fight was the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas on October 25, 1990, and Holyfield won by knockout. The purse was divided with $ 8.025 million for Holyfield, and $24.075 million for Douglas.

Hryunov is looking to stage Klitschko-Povetkin on August 31 in Russia, Germany or Las Vegas.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by EL ANIMAL on 04-24-2013

wow 24 mill for buster douglas damm i would of never guessed.

Comment by SweetScience on 04-24-2013

Damn Buster got 24 mil...hopefully he didn't eat it all away.

Comment by PinoyNation on 04-24-2013

[QUOTE=Snake...;13288663]Pac,Donaire, & Viloria all lost doe[/QUOTE] Pac will still make more in his next fight than the heavyweight champion of the world. :kiss:

Comment by Mayweather41-0 on 04-24-2013

damn those are some big $$$ figures the Klitschko's are huge out in Europe and making big money

Comment by paulf on 04-24-2013

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;13287629]It's remarkable that over 20 years ago, a boxing purse could be so high @ $32 million. After adjusting for inflation that purse would be roughly $57 million in today's dollars (source:[url]http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/[/url]). I guess it goes to show how much…

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