By Brendan George
Heavyweight Larry “The Legend” Donald (42-5, 24 KOs) returns to the ring February 9 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Centre in Covington, KY, against Jason Gavern (21-13, 14 KOs). Donald last fought in June 2007 against current WBA Champion Alexander Povetkin losing a decision. When asked why he was making a comeback, Larry stated the following: “I’m in great condition. I never lost it and I’m giving all these heavyweights hell in sparring. I never lost the passion for competition.”
Donald had a stellar amateur career including two time Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Champion, United States National Amateur Champion and he represented the USA at the summer Olympics in Barcelona. His professional career peaked with impressive wins against former world champions Evander Holyfield and Tim Witherspoon.
The event is co promoted by Donald’s trainer Dione Walker of Dione Legend Promotions and Next Level Boxing. Stewart had the following to say: “This event is going to be very special. It is the first time Larry has fought as a professional in front of his home town fans. We expect a good turnout and we have a packed international fight card.”
When Larry Donald was asked what this event means to him he replied: “This is one of the most important fights of my career because it’s the first time I have ever fought at home in front of my family, friends and home town fans. When I walk out under the bright lights that’s when I’m at my best.”
Donald claims his comeback has been long overdue: ” I feel great and have been training for over 2 years conditioning my body. I’m ready to do something special.” Donald continued: “I’m coming back for the right reasons, it’s not for a payday but I want to be the people’s champion and do it for those less fortunate.”
The 45-year-old Donald claims to have a new lease on life and feels fresh and wants another shot at the big time: “I would love to get another big eliminator fight and a chance to prove myself in a world title shot.”
In what looks to be an interesting night of boxing with 10 professional fights, the main support bout will feature a local heavyweight grudge match between Zakeem “Showtime” Graham (10-2, 8 KOs) and David Long (11-2, 7 KOs). Also featuring on the show is undefeated sensation Mel “Black Diamond” Crossty (6-0, 1 KO) against Tyrone “Fist of Fury” Harris 24-9, 16 KOs).