What Becomes The Legend Most?

By Robert Ecksel on December 27, 2012
What Becomes The Legend Most?
As a pro Larry Donald defeated Tim Witherspoon in 1997 and Evander Holyfield in 2004.

The last time Donald fought was in June 2007 against Alexander Povetkin, before he was crowned WBA “regular” heavyweight champion…

To the surprise of no one and everyone at the same time, former heavyweight contender Larry “The Legend” Donald (42-5, 24 KOs) is returning to the fray after a five-year absence.

On Feb. 9 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Centre in Covington, KY, Donald will be stepping into the ring against 21-13 Jason “The Sensation” Gavern, who has lost six of his last seven fights.

The last time Donald fought was in June 2007 against Alexander Povetkin, before the Russian was crowned WBA “regular” heavyweight champion. In that bout Donald went the distance. Povetkin may have regressed since then. Is it reasonable to assume that the same can be said of Larry Donald?

“I’m in great condition,” The Legend said. “I never lost it and I’m giving all these heavyweights hell in sparring. I never lost the passion for competition. I feel great and have been training for over two years conditioning my body. I’m ready to do something special.”

While his career hasn’t been a bed of roses, it’s not been a bed of thorns either.

He won two Golden Gloves at super heavyweight. He represented the US at the Olympics in Barcelona. As a pro he defeated Tim Witherspoon in 1997 and Evander Holyfield in 2004. But to go along with those wins are losses to Riddick Bowe in 1994, Kirk Johnson in 2001, Vitali Klitschko in 2002, and Nicolay Valuev in 2005.

“This is one of the most important fights of my career,” said Donald, “because it’s the first time I have ever fought at home in front of my family, friends and hometown fans. When I walk out under the bright lights that’s when I’m at my best.”

The soon to be 46-year-old Donald had better be at his best, because nothing less will do.

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  1. Rick 10:12pm, 12/28/2012

    I think the question should be why is he being allowed to fight at all?

  2. Eric 05:53pm, 12/28/2012

    In boxing you don’t get better with age. If the “The Legend” couldn’t get the job done in his 20’s & 30’s how is he going to do any better at 46? Add to that fact that he’s been retired for over 5 years. We’re not talking George Foreman here folks. George did get the job done when he was younger and he was other worldly type of power puncher that Donald isn’t and never was for that matter, and we know that sometimes as far as heavyweights go a power puncher like Foreman even a 40ish one can find a place. Foreman also came along when Tyson would soon be imprisoned, and a small pumped up cruiserweight ruled the division and other than that there wasn’t much else. Sure Morrison, Lewis, Bowe, Mercer would come later but they wouldn’t start making their big play until Big George had already received his title shot with Holyfield.  A George Foreman is an exception to the rule while “The Legend” is just the rule.

  3. the thresher 03:03pm, 12/27/2012

    He may be a legend in his own mind!

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