King comments on Povetkin vs. Stiverne

Alexander Povetkin, Bermane Stiverne, Deontay Wilder, Don King - Boxing News

Top rated heavyweights Alexander Povetkin and Bermane Stiverne were scheduled to fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim Heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Ekaterinburg Expo Center in Ekaterinburg, Russia. However, the WBC withdrew it’s sanctioning of the bout due to a Povetkin failed drug test. The WBC informed both camps of their decision Friday evening and advised the Stiverne camp they should not go through with the fight. The WBC abides by “Safety First” protocol in their Clean Boxing Program.

Povetkin (31-1, 23 KOs) from Checkhov, Russia was going into the fight rated No. 1 by the WBC. No. 2 rated Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) was born and raised in Haiti, now residing in Las Vegas. They were to fight for the WBC Interim Heavyweight Title, the winner becoming mandatory challenger to current champion Deontay Wilder, who has been incapable of defending due to injury.

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Video: Holyfield, Klitschko and Moorer Chatting When Shannon Briggs Arrives

Former undisputed world heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield will gather with reigning WBA, IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko and more than 20 former world heavyweight champions to watch “World Heavyweight Champs – Saturday Fight Night,” taking place Saturday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. >

Other former world heavyweight champions confirmed to attend the event include Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones Jr., Larry Holmes, Michael Moorer, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, Hasim Rahman, Tony Tucker, Tony Tubbs, James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Michael Bentt, Lamon Brewster, Chris Byrd, John Ruiz, Mike Weaver, Tim Witherspoon, Pinklon Thomas, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks and Bruce Seldon.

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Shannon Briggs Media Day Quotes

“Never before in history has this been done. You are talking about twenty-some former heavyweight champions of the last forty years are coming together for one big family reunion. All the champs: Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Wladimir Klitschko and The Champ Shannon Briggs – two-time heavyweight champion.

“On Saturday night expect action. There are eight heavyweight fights with all of the former heavyweight champions sitting around the ring. You see Holyfield sitting right there, then you see Tony Tucker over there, Tony Tubbs, Chris Byrd, Hasim Rahman – this is unreal. It’s never been done before. Thanks to Kris Lawrence of the Heavyweight Factory and the Hard Rock Hotel it is happening.

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Shannon Briggs: I am so ready for Mike Marrone

Michael Buffer: Just think if you were walking into a room and there were a group of men that were the MVPs of the last 25 world series. That’s what this is going to be like on September 5 at the Hard Rock. It’s going to be a great night.

Michael Moorer: I have been talking to all of these heavyweight champions over the past couple of months and they are all very excited to come in here for this big weekend. They will all be here.

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