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Evander Holyfield
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Real name Evander Holyfield
Nickname(s) Real Deal
The Warrior
Rated at Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Light-Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2.5 in (1.89 m)[1]
Nationality American
Birth date October 19, 1962 (1962-10-19) (age 47)
Birth place Atmore, Alabama, United States
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 54
Wins 42
Wins by KO 27
Losses 10
Draws 2

Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962) is a professional boxer from the United States and a multiple world champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, earning him the nickname "The Real Deal". Holyfield won the bronze medal in the Light Heavyweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics after a controversial disqualification in the semifinal. He is the only boxer to win the heavyweight title four times.

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Early life

Born in Atmore, Alabama, Holyfield and his family moved to Atlanta in the summer of 1964, at the age of two. Holyfield began boxing at age 12 and won the Boys Club boxing tournament. At 13, he qualified to compete in his first Junior Olympics. By age 15, Holyfield became the Southeastern Regional Champion, winning this tournament and the Best Boxer Award. By 1984 he had a record of 160 wins and 14 losses, with 76 KO.

Amateur medal record
Olympic Games
Bronze 1984 Los Angeles Light Heavyweight
Pan American Games
Silver Caracas 1983 Light Heavyweight

When he was 20 years old, Holyfield represented the U.S. in the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, Venezuela, where he won a silver medal after losing to Cuban world champion Pablo Romero.

The following year, he was the National Golden Gloves Champion, and won a bronze medal in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California after a controversial disqualification in the second round of the semi-final against New Zealand's Kevin Barry.[2][3][4]

Professional career

Light-Heavyweight

Holyfield started out professionally as a light heavyweight with a televised win in six rounds over Lionel Byarm at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 1984. On January 20, 1985 he won another six-round decision over Eric Winbush in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On March 13, he knocked out Fred Brown in the first round in Norfolk, Virginia, and on April 20, he knocked out Mark Rivera in two rounds in Corpus Christi, Texas.

,=== Cruiserweight === Both he and his next opponent, Tyrone Booze, moved up to the cruiserweight division for their fight on July 20, 1985 in Norfolk, Virginia. Holyfield won an eight-round decision over Booze. Evander went on to knock out Rick Myers in the first round on August 29 in Holyfield's hometown of Atlanta. On October 30 in Atlantic City he knocked out opponent Jeff Meachem in five rounds, and his last fight for 1985 was against Anthony Davis on December 21 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He won by knocking out Davis in the fourth round.

He began 1986 with a knockout in three rounds over former world cruiserweight challenger Chisanda Mutti, and proceeded to beat Jessy Shelby and Terry Mims before being given a world title try by the WBA's world cruiserweight champion Dwight Braxton (later known asDwight Muhammad Qawi). In what was called by The Ring as the best cruiserweight bout of the 1980s, Holyfield became world champion by defeating Braxton by a narrow 15 round split decision. He culminated 1986 with a trip to Paris, France, where he beat Mike Brothers by a knockout in three, in a non-title bout.

In 1987, he defended his title against former Olympic teammate and Gold medal winner Henry Tillman, who had beaten Mike Tyson twice as an amateur. He retained his belt, winning by seventh round knockout, and then went on to unify his WBA belt with the IBF belt held by Ricky Parkey, knocking Parkey out in three rounds. For his next bout, he returned to France, where he retained the title with an eleven round knockout against former world champion Ossie Ocasio. In his last fight of '87, he offered Muhammad Qawi a rematch, and this time, he beat Qawi by a knockout in four.

1988 was another productive year for Holyfield; he started by becoming the first universally recognized world cruiserweight champion after defeating the WBC's defending world champion Carlos De León at the Las Vegas. The fight was stopped after eight rounds.[5]

Heavyweight

After that fight, he announced he was moving up in weight to pursue the world heavyweight crown held by Tyson. His first fight as a Heavyweight took place on July 16, when he beat former Tyson rival James "Quick" Tillis by a knockout in five, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada (Tillis had gone the distance with Tyson). For his third and final bout of '88, he beat former world heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas, also by knockout, in seven rounds.

Holyfield began 1989 meeting another former world heavyweight champion, Michael Dokes. This fight would also be named one of the best fights of the 1980s by Ring magazine, as best heavyweight bout of the 1980s. Holyfield won by a knockout in the tenth round, and then he met Brazilian champion Adilson Rodrigues, who lasted two rounds. His last fight of the 1980s was against Alex Stewart, a hard punching fringe contender. Stewart shocked Holyfield early, with quick, hard punches, but eventually fell in eight.

In 1990, Holyfield beat Seamus McDonagh, knocking him out in four rounds. By this time, Holyfield had been Ring Magazine's Number 1 contender for two years and had yet to receive a shot at Tyson's heavyweight title.

Heavyweight champion: 1990-1992

Holyfield had been promised a title shot against Tyson in 1990. Before that fight could occur, in what many consider to be the biggest upset in boxing history, relatively unknown boxer, 29-year old, 231 lb. James Douglas defeated the 23-year old, 218 lb. Mike Tyson in ten rounds in Tokyo to become the new undisputed heavyweight champion. Instead of fighting Tyson, Holyfield would be Douglas' first title defense.

They met on October 25, 1990. Douglas came into the fight at 246 lbs. and offered little in the fight against Holyfield, who was in great shape at 208 lbs. In the third round Douglas tried to start a combination with a big right uppercut. Holyfield countered with a straight right hand that was lightning quick, and Douglas went down for the count. Holyfield was the new undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. At the time of the knockout, Holyfield was ahead on all three judges' scorecards, all seeing it 20-18 for Holyfield.

In his first defense, he beat former and future world champion George Foreman by unanimous decision in 12. The fight was billed as a "Battle for the Ages", a reference to the age differential between the young undefeated champion (28 years old), and the much older George Foreman (42 years old). Holyfield weighed in at 208 pounds and Foreman weighed in at 257 pounds. Foreman lost the fight by a unanimous decision, but surprised many by lasting the whole 12 rounds against a much younger opponent, even staggering Holyfield a few times and knocking him off balance in the seventh round.

Then a deal was signed for him to defend his crown against Mike Tyson in November 1991. Tyson delayed the fight, claiming he was injured in training, but was then convicted for the rape of Desiree Washington and sentenced to six years in prison, so the fight did not happen at that time. They would fight in 1996 (Holyfield won by a TKO in 11) and a rematch in 1997 (Holyfield won by disqualification in 3, after Tyson bit both of his ears).

Holyfield made his next defense in Atlanta against Bert Cooper, who surprised him with a very good effort. Holyfield scored the first knockdown of the fight against Cooper with a powerful shot to the body, but Cooper returned the favor with a good right hand that sent Holyfield against the ropes; while not an actual knockdown, referee Mills Lane gave Holyfield a standing 8-count. Having suffered the first technical knockdown of his professional career, Holyfield regained his composure quickly and administered a beating that left Cooper still on his feet, but unable to defend himself. Holyfield landed brutal power shots, culminated by repeated vicious uppercuts that would snap Cooper's head back. Referee Mills Lane stopped the bout in the seventh.

In his first fight of 1992, he faced former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, who was 42 years old, and had just pulled off an upset against Ray Mercer. During the bout, Holyfield suffered the first scar of his career with a gash opening up over his eye, the result of Holmes' elbow. The main difference in the fight was that the younger Holyfield could muster the energy to fight for the full three minutes of each round, while the older and more experienced Holmes could not. The fight ended with a unanimous decision in favor of Holyfield.

In the beginning of a trilogy of bouts with the 25-year old Riddick Bowe, who had won a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics, in the Super Heavyweight division, he suffered his first defeat when Bowe won the undisputed title by a 12-round unanimous decision in Las Vegas. Round Ten of that bout was named the Round of the Year by Ring Magazine. Holyfield was knocked down in round 11. He made the mistake of getting into a slugfest with the younger, bigger and stronger Bowe, leading to his defeat.

He began 1993 by beating Alex Stewart in a rematch, but this time over the 12-round unanimous distance.

Then came the rematch with Bowe on November 6, 1993. In what is considered by many sporting historians as one of the most bizarre moments in boxing's history, during round seven the crowd got off their feet and many people started to run for cover and yell. Holyfield took his eyes off Bowe for one moment and then told Bowe to look up to the skies. What they saw was a man in a parachute flying dangerously close to them. The man almost entered the ring, but his parachute had gotten entangled in the lights, and he landed on the ropes and apron of the ring, and he was then pulled into the crowd, where he was beaten by members of Bowe's entourage. Bowe's pregnant wife, Judy, fainted and had to be taken to the hospital from the arena. Twenty minutes later, calm was restored and Holyfield went on to recover his world heavyweight titles with a close 12 round majority decision. The man who parachuted down to the middle of the ring became known as The Fan Man and the fight itself became known as the Fan Man Fight. His victory over Bowe that year helped Holyfield being named as ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year for 1993.

Losing the heavyweight crown again: Michael Moorer

His next fight, April 1994, he met former WBO light heavyweight and heavyweight champion of the world Michael Moorer, who was attempting to become the first southpaw to become the universally recognised world heavyweight champion. He dropped Moorer in round two, but lost a twelve round majority decision. When he went to the hospital to have his shoulder checked, he was diagnosed with a heart condition, and had to announce his retirement from boxing. It would later surface that the chairman of the medical advisory board for the Nevada State Athletic Commission believed his condition to be consistent with HGH use.[6]

However, watching a television show hosted by preacher Benny Hinn, Holyfield says he felt his heart heal. He and Hinn subsequently became friends, and he became a frequent visitor to Hinn's crusades. In fact, during this time, Holyfield went to a Benny Hinn crusade in Philadelphia, had Hinn lay hands on him, and gave Hinn a check for $265,000 after he was told he was healed. He then passed his next examination by the boxing commission. Holyfield would later state that his heart was misdiagnosed due to the morphine pumped into his body.

In 1995, Holyfield returned to the ring with a ten round decision win versus former Olympic gold medalist, Ray Mercer. He was the first man to knock down Mercer.

Holyfield and Bowe then had their rubber match. Holyfield knocked Bowe down with a single left hook but Bowe prevailed, by a knockout in eight. Holyfield would later claim that he contracted Hepatitis A before the fight.[7]

The Holyfield-Tyson fights

Holyfield vs. Tyson I

Poster publicizing the 28 June 1997, Holyfield-Tyson II fight, dubbed The Sound and The Fury.

1996 was a very good year for Holyfield. First, he met former world champion Bobby Czyz, beating him by a knockout in six. Then, he and Mike Tyson finally met.

Tyson had recovered the WBC's and the WBA's world heavyweight championship and, after being stripped of the WBC title for not facing Lennox Lewis, defended the WBA title against Holyfield on November 9 of that year. Tyson was heavily favored to win, but Holyfield made history by defeating Tyson in an 11th round TKO. This was the third occasion on which Holyfield won the WBA heavyweight title - however, the fight was not recognised as being for the linear heavyweight championship, which was held by George Foreman at the time. Muhammad Ali remains the only heavyweight champion to hold the linear championship three times.[8]

Holyfield vs. Tyson II: The Bite Fight

Holyfield's next fight would also go into the annals of boxing as one of the most bizarre fights in history. Holyfield gave Tyson the rematch on June 28, 1997, in what became known as The Bite Fight. The infamous incident occurred in the third round, when Tyson bit Holyfield on one of his ears, and had two points deducted. Mills Lane, the referee, decided to disqualify Tyson initially, but after Holyfield and his doctor intervened saying they wanted to continue, relented and allowed the fight to go on. However, Tyson went on to bite Holyfield again, this time on the other ear. Tyson, with his teeth, tore off the top of his ear known as the helix and spitting the flesh out on the ring.

The immediate aftermath of the incident was greeted by instant bedlam. Tyson was disqualified and a melee ensued. Tyson claimed his bites were a retaliation to Holyfield's unchecked headbutts, which had cut him in both fights. This claim was substantiated in footage and commentary from director James Toback's 2008 documentary on Tyson.[9]

Avenging the Moorer defeat

Next came another rematch, this time against Michael Moorer, who had recovered the IBF's world title. Holyfield knocked Moorer to the canvas five times and referee Mitch Halpern stopped the fight between the eighth and ninth rounds under the advice of physician Flip Homansky. Holyfield once again unified his WBA belt with the IBF belt by avenging his defeat to Moorer.

In 1998 Holyfield had only one fight, making a mandatory defense against Vaughn Bean, who was defeated by decision at the Georgia Dome in the champion's hometown. For the first time, Holyfield's performance called into question whether age was diminishing his ability to continue as a championship fighter.[10]

The Holyfield-Lewis fights

Holyfield vs. Lewis I

By 1999, the public was clamoring for a unification bout versus the WBC's world champion, Lennox Lewis of the United Kingdom. That bout happened in March of that year. The bout was declared a controversial draw after twelve rounds, where it appeared to most that Lewis dominated the fight. Holyfield claimed his performance was hindered by stomach and leg cramps [11]. Holyfield and Lewis were ordered by the three leading organizations of which they were champions to have an immediate rematch.

Holyfield vs. Lewis II

The second time around, in November of that year, Lewis became the undisputed champion by beating Holyfield via unanimous decision by three American judges. Holyfield said "I haven't felt this good after a fight since I was a cruiserweight", Holyfield said. "It makes me think I should have fought a little harder against Lennox. Maybe I'd be sore and sick, but I'd have the victory." [12]

Trilogy with John Ruiz

In 2000, Lewis was stripped of the WBA belt for failing to meet lightly-regarded Don King fighter John Ruiz, having fought Ruiz's conqueror David Tua, and the WBA ordered Holyfield and Ruiz to meet for that organization's world title belt. Holyfield and Ruiz began their trilogy in August of that year, with Holyfield making history by winning on a controversial, but unanimous 12 round decision to become the first boxer in history to be the world's heavyweight champion four times. Holyfield blamed his lackluster performance on a perforated (broken) eardrum.[13]

Seven months later, in March 2001, it was Ruiz's turn to make history at Holyfield's expense when he surprisingly managed to knock Holyfield down and beat him by a 12 round decision to become the first Hispanic ever to win the world's heavyweight title. On December 15 of that year, Holyfield challenged Ruiz for the title, in an attempt to become champion again. The fight was declared a draw, and John Ruiz maintained the WBA championship belt.

Holyfield vs. Byrd

2002 began as a promising year for Holyfield: in June, he met former world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman, to determine who would face Lewis next. Holyfield was leading on two of the three scorecards when the fight was stopped in the eighth round due to a severe hematoma on Rahman's forehead that was caused by a headbutt earlier in the fight. Holyfield was ahead, so he was declared the winner by a technical decision.

The IBF decided to strip Lewis of his belt after he didn't want to fight Don King-promoted fighter Chris Byrd, instead going after Tyson, and declared that the winner of the fight between Holyfield and former WBO heavyweight champion Byrd would be recognized as their heavyweight champion. So, on December 14, 2002, Holyfield once again tried to become the first man ever to be heavyweight champion five times when he and Byrd met, but Byrd came out as the winner by a 12-round unanimous decision.

Consecutive losses & New York suspension

On October 4, 2003, Holyfield lost to James Toney by TKO when his corner threw in the towel in the ninth round. At age 42, Holyfield returned to the ring to face Larry Donald on November 13, 2004. He lost his third consecutive match in a twelve round unanimous decision.

In August 2005 it had been reported that the New York State Athletic Commission had banned Evander Holyfield from boxing in New York due to "diminishing skills" despite the fact that Holyfield had passed a battery of medical tests.

Comeback

Holyfield was initially criticized for his ongoing comeback; but he is adamant that his losses to Toney and Donald were the result of a shoulder injury, not of old age. Holyfield had looked better in his first four fights since Donald, and appeared to have answered the critics who say that he lacks the cutting edge and ability to follow up on crucial openings that he had in his youth.

Holyfield defeated Jeremy Bates by TKO on August 18, 2006 in a 10 round bout at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Holyfield dominated the fight which was stopped in the second round after he landed roughly twenty consecutive punches on Bates.

Holyfield defeated Fres Oquendo by unanimous decision on November 10, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas. Holyfield knocked Oquendo down in the first minute of the first round and continued to be the aggressor throughout the fight, winning a unanimous decision by scores of 116-111, and 114-113 twice.

On March 17, 2007, Holyfield defeated Vinny Maddalone by TKO when Maddalone's corner threw in the towel to save their man from serious injury in the ring.

On June 30, 2007, Holyfield defeated Lou Savarese, knocking the bigger and heavier Savarese down in the fourth and again in the ninth round, en route to a unanimous decision win. This was Holyfield's fourth win in ten months, two of them by KO. This victory finally set the stage for Holyfield's title fight, against Sultan Ibragimov, for the WBO heavyweight title.

El Paso Texas, June 30, 2007 vs. Lou Savarese.

Still hungry

Holyfield vs. Ibragimov

On October 13, 2007, Holyfield was defeated by Sultan Ibragimov. Although unable to defy his critics by winning a fifth heavyweight title, Holyfield refused to be backed up by the young champion and even rattled him in the closing part of the 12th round. The fight was mostly uneventful, however, with neither fighter being truly staggered or knocked down. In most exchanges, Sultan was able to land two punches to Holyfield's one. The end result was a unanimous decision for Ibragimov, with scores of 118-110, and 117-111 twice.

Holyfield vs. Valuev

He told BBC Scotland's Sports Weekly "I'm gonna fight, be the heavyweight champion of the world one more time. Then I'm gonna write another book and tell everybody how I did it." On December 20, 2008 he fought, at the Hallenstadion in Zürich Switzerland, the WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev for a paycheck of $600,000, the lowest amount he has ever received for a championship fight. At the weigh-in, he weighed 214 pounds, Valuev weighed a career low of 310 pounds.

Valuev defeated Holyfield by a highly controversial majority decision after a relatively uneventful bout. One judge scored the bout a draw 114-114, while the others had Valuev winning 116-112 and 115-114. Many analysts were outraged at the decision, thinking Holyfield had clearly won.[14] There was talk of a rematch in 2009.

The WBA did their own investigation into the controversial decision;[15] "As the World Boxing Association (WBA) always cares about and respects the fans’ and the media's opinion, the Championship Committee has ordered a panel of judges to review the tape of the fight between Nikolai Valuev and Evander Holyfield, for the WBA heavyweight title", read a statement from the WBA. The organization also expressed that they "will give a decision accordingly in the following weeks." Although it's unclear as to what actions the association could take once their investigation concludes, many speculated that an immediate rematch would be the most likely scenario. However, Valuev lost the WBA title in his next fight against British boxer David Haye.

Future plans

After the loss to Valuev, Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield took a period of inactivity. He reportedly agreed to fight South African boxer Francois Botha on January 16, 2010, for the vacant WBF Heavyweight title; it was agreed that the venue for the fight would be the Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium in Kampala, Uganda. A few weeks before the fight, it was revealed that the bout would be postponed to February 20, 2010.[16][17] However, the match was put in jeopardy due to economic disagreements. The fight is now confirmed to be on April 10, 2010 and will be taking place in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Allegations of steroid and HGH use

On February 28, 2007, Holyfield was anonymously linked to Applied Pharmacy Services, a pharmacy in Alabama that is currently under investigation for supplying athletes with illegal steroids and human growth hormone (HGH). He denies ever using performance enhancers.[18]

Holyfield's name does not appear in the law enforcement documents reviewed. However, a patient by the name of "Evan Fields" caught investigators' attention. "Fields" shares the same birth date as Holyfield - Oct. 19, 1962. The listed address for "Fields" was 794 Evander, Fairfield, Ga. 30213. Holyfield has a very similar address. When the phone number that, according to the documents, was associated with the "Fields" prescription, was dialed, Holyfield answered.[19]

On March 10, 2007 Holyfield made a public announcement that he would be pursuing his own investigation into the steroid claims in order to clear his name.[20]

Holyfield was again linked to HGH in September 2007, when his name came up following a raid of Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, Florida.[21] As of September 2007, Signature Pharmacy is under investigation for illegally supplying several professional athletes with steroids and HGH.[22]

Life outside the ring

Holyfield is the younger brother of actor and dancer, Bernard Holyfield, and currently lives and trains in Fayette County, Georgia with his third wife Candi and their two children; he has at least eleven children.

By 1992, Holyfield was already a household name, announcing multiple products on television, such as Coca Cola and Diet Coke. He also had a video game released for the Sega Genesis and the Sega Game Gear: Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing. After his conversion, he started professing his Christianity everywhere, reminding the public before and after his fights that he is a born-again Christian.

In 1996 Holyfield was given the opportunity to carry the Olympic torch when it was on its way to his hometown of Atlanta for that year's Olympics. October 4 of this year he was married to Dr. Janice Itson, with whom he had one child.

He founded Real Deal Records which signed the briefly successful group Exhale.

On September 22, 2007 Holyfield released the Real Deal Grill cooking appliance via TV infomercials. The Real Deal Grill is manufactured by Cirtran Corp.

Holyfield's popularity has led to numerous television appearances for the boxer. His first television show appearance was the Christmas special of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990, playing himself. In 2005, Holyfield came in fifth place on ABC's Dancing with the Stars with his partner Edyta Sliwinska. He also made an appearance on the original BBC Strictly Come Dancing "Champion of Champions" showdown, which featured the final four teams from the 2005 edition of the British series, plus two celebrities from spinoff versions, paired with British professional dancers, one featuring Holyfield paired with Karen Hardy, and Rachel Hunter paired with Brendan Cole. Holyfield also had minor roles in three movies during the 1990s, Summer of Sam, Necessary Roughness, and Blood Salvage (which he also produced). He made a guest appearance on Nickelodeon's Figure It Out during its third season in 1994. He appeared once in an episode of Phineas and Ferb. In the episode he is an animated character but the producers wanted to make the most of Holyfield's ear, so his animated character was only given half an ear.

Holyfield in 2009.

On August 13, 2007, Holyfield was confirmed to participate in a boxing match at World Wrestling Entertainment's Saturday Night's Main Event against Matt Hardy. He replaced Montel Vontavious Porter, who had to pull out after being legitimately diagnosed with a heart condition that was not part of a storyline.

In late 2007 and early 2008, Holyfield was among a number of celebrities to be doing television ads for the restaurant chain Zaxby's.

In June 2008 a legal notice was placed by Washington Mutual Bank stating that Holyfield's $10 million, 54,000 square foot, 109 room, 17 bathroom suburban Atlanta estate would be auctioned off on July 1, 2008 due to foreclosure. Adding to his financial problems, Toi Irvin, mother of his 10 year old son, filed suit for non-payment of two months child support (he pays $3,000 per month for this child). A Utah landscaping firm also has gone to court seeking $550,000 in unpaid debt for services.[23]

Professional boxing record

42 Wins (27 knockouts, 13 decisions, 1 retired, 1 disqualification), 10 losses (2 knockouts, 7 decisions), 2 Draws[2]
Res. Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss Nikolai Valuev Decision (majority) 12 2008-12-20 Switzerland Hallenstadion, Zürich Fight was for the WBA Heavyweight title.
Loss Sultan Ibragimov Decision (unanimous) 12 2007-10-13 Russia Khodynka Arena, Moscow, Russia Fight was for the WBO Heavyweight title.
Win Lou Savarese Decision (unanimous) 10 2007-06-30 Texas El Paso, Texas
Win Vincent Maddalone TKO 3 (10), 2:48 2007-03-17 Texas Corpus Christi, Texas
Win Fres Oquendo Decision (unanimous) 12 2006-11-10 Texas San Antonio, Texas Won the vacant USBA Heavyweight
title, which he later vacated.
Win Jeremy Bates TKO 2 (12), 2:56 2006-08-18 Texas Dallas, Texas
Loss Larry Donald Decision (unanimous) 12 2004-11-13 New York New York City, New York Fight was for the vacant NABC
Heavyweight title.
Loss James Toney TKO(Corner Stoppage) 9 (12), 1:42 2003-10-04 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss Chris Byrd Decision (unanimous) 12 2002-12-14 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey Fight was for the vacant IBF
Heavyweight title
.
Win Hasim Rahman Decision (technical) 8 (12) 2002-06-01 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey
Draw John Ruiz Draw 12 2001-12-15 Connecticut Mashantucket, Connecticut Fight was for the vacant WBA Heavyweight title.
Scoring was 113-115 Ruiz, 116-112
Holyfield and 114-114.
Loss John Ruiz Decision (unanimous) 12 2001-03-03 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBA Heavyweight title.
Win John Ruiz Decision (unanimous) 12 2000-08-12 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Won the vacant WBA Heavyweight title.
Loss Lennox Lewis Decision (unanimous) 12 1999-11-13 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Lost IBF and WBA Heavyweight titles.
Lewis' WBC title as well as the vacant
IBO title were also on the line.
Draw Lennox Lewis Draw 12 1999-03-13 New York New York City, New York Retained IBF and WBA Heavyweight
titles. Lewis' WBC title was also on the
line. Scoring was 116-113 Lewis,
115-113 Holyfield and 115-115.
Win Vaughn Bean Decision (unanimous) 12 1998-09-19 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia Retained IBF and WBA Heavyweight
titles.
Win Michael Moorer TKO 8 (12), 3:00 1997-11-08 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF Heavyweight title and retained
WBA Heavyweight title.
Win Mike Tyson Disqualification 3 (12) 1997-06-28 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada
Win Mike Tyson TKO 11 (12), 0:37 1996-11-09 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBA Heavyweight title.
Win Bobby Czyz TKO 5 (10) 1996-05-10 New York New York City, New York
Loss Riddick Bowe TKO 8 (12), 0:58 1995-11-04 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada
Win Ray Mercer Decision (unanimous) 10 1995-05-20 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss Michael Moorer Decision (majority) 12 1994-04-22 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Lost IBF and WBA Heavyweight titles.
Win Riddick Bowe Decision (majority) 12 1993-11-06 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada "The Fan Man Fight."
Parachutist interrupted and delayed
fight for extended period after
landing on ring apron.
Won IBF and WBA Heavyweight titles.
Win Alex Stewart Decision (unanimous) 12 1993-06-26 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss Riddick Bowe Decision (unanimous) 12 1992-12-13 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Lost IBF, WBA and WBC Heavyweight
titles.
Win Larry Holmes Decision (unanimous) 12 1992-06-19 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Retained IBF, WBA and WBC
Heavyweight titles.
Win Bert Cooper TKO 7 (12), 2:58 1991-11-23 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia Retained IBF and WBA Heavyweight
titles. WBC title not on the line.
Win George Foreman Decision (unanimous) 12 1991-04-19 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBF, WBA and WBC
Heavyweight titles.
Win James Douglas KO 3 (12), 1:10 1990-10-25 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF, WBA and WBC Heavyweight
titles.
Win Seamus McDonagh TKO 4 (12) 1990-06-01 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBC Continental Americas
Heavyweight title, which was vacated
after this fight.
Win Alex Stewart TKO 8 (12) 1989-11-04 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBC Continental Americas
Heavyweight title.
Win Adilson Rodrigues KO 2 (12), 1:29 1989-07-15 Nevada Stateline, Nevada Retained WBC Continental Americas
Heavyweight title.
Win Michael Dokes TKO 10 (12), 1:41 1989-03-11 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC Continental Americas
Heavyweight title.
Win Pinklon Thomas Retired 7 (10), 3:00 1988-12-09 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win James Tillis TKO 5 (10), 3:00 1988-07-15 Nevada Stateline, Nevada After this fight, Holyfield relinquished
the IBF, WBA and WBC Cruiserweight
titles
in order to move up to
Heavyweight.
Win Carlos De León TKO 8 (12), 1:08 1988-04-09 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC Cruiserweight title and
retained IBF and WBA Cruiserweight
titles. Becomes first-ever Undisputed
Champion at Cruiserweight.
Win Dwight Muhammad Qawi(nee Dwight Braxton) KO 4 (15), 2:30 1987-12-05 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBF and WBA Cruiserweight
titles.
Win Ossie Ocasio TKO 11 (15), 1:24 1987-08-15 France Saint-Tropez, France Retained IBF and WBA Cruiserweight
titles.
Win Ricky Parkey TKO 3 (15), 2:44 1987-05-15 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF Cruiserweight title and
retained WBA Cruiserweight title.
Win Henry Tillman TKO 7 (15), 1:43 1987-02-14 Nevada Reno, Nevada Retained WBA Cruiserweight title.
Win Mike Brothers TKO 3 (10) 1986-12-08 France Paris, France
Win Dwight Braxton (later known as Dwight Muhammad Qawi) Decision (split) 15 1986-07-12 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia Won WBA Cruiserweight title.
Win Terry Mims KO 5 (10) 1986-05-28 Louisiana Metairie, Louisiana
Win Jesse Shelby KO 3 (10) 1986-04-06 Texas Corpus Christi, Texas
Win Chisanda Mutti TKO 3 (10), 1:37 1986-03-01 Pennsylvania Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Win Anthony Davis TKO 4 (10) 1985-12-21 Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia
Win Jeff Meachem TKO 5 (8), 1:02 1985-10-30 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win Rick Myers TKO 1 (8) 1985-08-29 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia
Win Tyrone Booze Decision (unanimous) 8 1985-07-20 Virginia Norfolk, Virginia
Win Mark Rivera TKO 2 (8), 2:48 1985-04-20 Texas Corpus Christi, Texas
Win Fred Brown TKO 1 (6), 1:56 1985-03-13 Virginia Norfolk, Virginia
Win Eric Winbush Decision (unanimous) 6 1985-01-20 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win Lionel Byarm Decision (unanimous) 6 1984-11-15 New York New York City, New York

See also

References

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  23. ^ Evander Holyfield's mansion under foreclosure

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Awards
Preceded by
Mike Tyson
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1987
Succeeded by
Mike Tyson
Preceded by
Willy Salazar TKO 7 Danny Romero
(1995-09-08)
Ring Magazine Upset of the Year
TKO 11 Mike Tyson (1996-11-09)
Succeeded by
Vince Phillips TKO 10 Kostya Tszyu
(1997-05-31)
Preceded by
Oscar De La Hoya
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1996 and 1997
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Carlos De León
World Cruiserweight Champion
April 9, 1988–1988
Titles fractured
Succeeded by
'Vacant'
Preceded by
Dwight Muhammad Qawi
WBA Cruiserweight Champion
July 12, 1986–1988 (Vacated)
Succeeded by
Taoufik Belbouli
filled vacancy
Preceded by
Ricky Parkey
IBF Cruiserweight Champion
May 5, 1987–1988 (Vacated)
Succeeded by
Glenn McCrory
filled vacancy
Preceded by
Carlos De León
WBC Cruiserweight Champion
April 9, 1988–1988 (Vacated)
Succeeded by
Carlos De León
filled vacancy
Preceded by
James Douglas
IBF Heavyweight Champion
WBA Heavyweight Champion
WBC Heavyweight Champion

October 25, 1990 – November 13, 1992
Succeeded by
Riddick Bowe
Preceded by
Riddick Bowe
IBF Heavyweight Champion
WBA Heavyweight Champion

November 6, 1993 – April 22, 1994
Succeeded by
Michael Moorer
Preceded by
Mike Tyson
WBA Heavyweight Champion
November 9, 1996 – November 13, 1999
Succeeded by
Lennox Lewis
Preceded by
Michael Moorer
IBF Heavyweight Champion
November 8, 1997 – November 13, 1999
Preceded by
Lennox Lewis
Stripped
WBA Heavyweight Champion
August 12, 2000 – March 3, 2001
Succeeded by
John Ruiz

Quotes

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From Wikiquote

Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962, in Atmore, Alabama) is a professional boxer from the United States and a multiple-time world champion in both the Cruiserweight and Heavyweight divisions. Holyfield won the bronze medal in the Light Heavyweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics

El Paso Texas, June 30, 2007 vs. Lou Savarese.

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On Evander Holyfield unsourced

  • Biting Mr. Holyfield's ear off and all that stuff? Reporter: You don't care about all that?" Tyson: No, fuck Holyfield!
  • Listen, Holyfield's not the tough warrior everyone says he is! He got little nicks on his ear and he quits! I got an.. I got one eye! I got one eye! He's not impaired! He got a ear! I got one eye! Big deal! He takes one I got another one! I'm ready to fight him right now!

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Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962) is an American boxer. He held both the world heavyweight championship and the world cruiserweight championship. He also won a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics.

Holyfield became a professional boxer in 1984 and won the cruiserweight championship from Dwight Muhammad Qawi in 1986. He moved to the heavyweight division in 1988 and won the world championship from James "Buster" Douglas in 1990. He defended the title three times, including fights against former champions Larry Holmes and George Foreman. He lost the title to Riddick Bowe in 1992 but won it back the next year. In 1994 he lost to Michael Moorer and briefly retired. He soon fought again, however, and surprised many by knocking out Mike Tyson in 1996. He had a draw against Lennox Lewis in 1998 and then lost a rematch to him in 1999. Holyfield is still fighting today.

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