Holyfield vs Povetkin Nearly a Done Deal
Four-time world heavyweight champion Evander 'Real Deal' Holyfield is in line to challenge new WBA 'regular' heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin in his first world title defense of the title.
The bout, expected to be confirmed very soon, is set for December 17th at the Hallenstadion in Switzerland.
Holyfield (44-10-2-1NC, 29 KO), who turns 49 later this month, plans to continue fighting until he unifies the heavyweight division once again. If accomplished, he would become the first five time heavyweight champion and the oldest man to win a major world title. Although Evander won the WBF heavyweight title in 2010, the organization is not considered a major sanctioning body.
The sports legend last held a major heavyweight belt in 2000 and has ben unsuccessful on four occasions to re-claim a version of the heavyweight title. Nevertheless, many believe he was robbed in his 2001 rubber match with John Ruiz and his 2008 bout against Nickolai Valuev. Holyfield drew with Ruiz and lost a highly unpopular decision majority decision to Valuev.
After winning the bronze medal in the Light Heavyweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics, Holyfield turned pro in November of that year. In 1986, as a cruiserweight, he defeated Dwight Muhammad Qawi for the WBA belt. He would go on to defeat Ricky Parkey and Carlos De Leon to win the IBF and WBC titles to become the undisputed cruiserweight champion.
Holyfield moved up to heavyweight in 1988 and, in 1990, knocked out Buster Douglas to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. A sports legend by all accounts, the 'Real Deal,' holds victories over George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, Mike Tyson (x2), Michael Moorer, John Ruiz, Michael Dokes and Hasim Rahman.
In his most recent bout, Holyfield scored a 10th Round TKO over a rusty but gritty Brian Nielsen, who was returning to the ring for the first time in nine years.
Povetkin (22-0, 15 KO), 31, won the WBA 'regular' title by defeating Ruslan Chagaev in August via unanimous decision. Due to his strong amateur pedigree, as well as his early pro accomplishments, he's been touted by some experts as a future force in the division.
Origin of the WBA 'Regular' Title
According to the World Boxing Association's (WBA) website, the organization created a 'super champion' (in addition to their regular champion) status in 2009 for "World Champions who hold the title of two or more organizations recognized by the WBA..." Consequently, since Wladimir Klitschko already had at least one major world title when he won the WBA heavyweight belt from David Haye in July, the WBA anointed him to super champion and had Povetkin and Chagaev fight for the sanctioning body's regular title.