Evander Holyfield

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Evander Holyfield

American professional boxer add

Category: Boxing

Born in 1962.

Countries: United States (41%), United Kingdom (8%), Texas (8%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Heavyweight, Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe

Linked to: The Ring, World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Council

 

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Evander Holyfield was born in 1962 add something


1964

The youngest of nine children, Holyfield and his family moved to Atlanta in the summer of 1964, at the age of two add something


1980

His last fight of the 1980s was against Alex Stewart, a hard punching fringe contender add something

 

In what was called by The Ring as "the best cruiserweight bout of the 1980s", Holyfield became world champion by defeating Qawi by a narrow 15 round split decision add something

 

This fight would be named one of the best fights of the 1980s by Ring magazine, as "best heavyweight bout of the 1980s" add something


1983

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 add something


1984

By 1984 he had a record of 160 wins and 14 losses, with 76 KO. add something

 

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 add something

 

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 add something


1985

Holyfield moved to the cruiserweight division in 1985 and won his first title the following year, when he defeated Dwight Muhammad Qawi for the WBA Cruiserweight belt add something

 

On October 30 in Atlantic City, New Jersey 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, Virginia add something

 

On January 20, 1985 he won another six-round decision over Eric Winbush in Atlantic City, New Jersey, New Jersey add something

 

Both he and his next opponent, Tyrone Booze, moved up to the cruiserweight division for their fight on July 20, 1985 in Norfolk, Virginia, Virginia add something


1986

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 Cruiserweight Champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi add something

 

He culminated 1986 with a trip to Paris, France, where he beat Mike Brothers by a knockout in three, in a non-title bout add something


1987

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 add something


1988

Holyfield moved up to heavyweight in 1988, defeating Buster Douglas for the "The Ring", "Lineal", WBC, WBA and IBF titles in 1990 add something

 

Holyfield moved up to heavyweight in 1988, winning his first six fights, all by stoppage add something

 

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 add something


1989

Holyfield began 1989 meeting another former Heavyweight Champion, Michael Dokes add something

 

Michael Dokes - He was later knocked out by future champion Evander Holyfield in a fight which was called the "Heavyweight Fight of the Year" in 1989, and the "Heavyweight Fight of the Decade" for the 1980s


1990

His first television show appearance was the Christmas special of the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" in 1990, playing himself add something

 

Holyfield had been promised a title shot against Tyson in 1990 add something

 

Holyfield had minor roles in three movies during the 1990s, "Summer of Sam", "Necessary Roughness", and "Blood Salvage" add something

 

Holyfield is the only 4-time World Heavyweight Champion, winning the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles in 1990, the WBA and IBF titles in 1993 and the WBA title in 1996 and 2000 add something

 

In 1990, Holyfield beat Seamus McDonagh, knocking him out in four rounds add something

 

On October 25, 1990, Holyfield knocked out Heavyweight Champion James "Buster" Douglas to claim the WBC, WBA, IBF & "The Ring" Heavyweight titles add something

 

Katherine Dunn - Dunn wrote a regular column on boxing for PDXS in the 1990s, in which she at one time provided detailed criticism of Evander Holyfield's sportsmanship in his controversial fight with Mike Tyson

 

Michael Bentt - For a two-year period in the early 1990s served as chief sparring partner for world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield

 

Sam Simon - Simon has long been a fan of boxing, attending fights with his grandfather, but his interest increased particularly after seeing the 1990 heavyweight championship fight between Evander Holyfield and James "Buster" Douglas which he described as "the most electrifying feeling I'd had in my life

 

James Douglas (boxer) - Douglas held the title for eight months and two weeks, losing on October 25, 1990, to 28-year-old, 6-foot-2-inch, 208-pound Evander Holyfield, via third-round KO, in his only title defense


1991

Then a deal was signed for him to defend his crown against Mike Tyson in November 1991 add something

 

Mike Tyson - Attempting to regain the titles, he defeated Donovan Ruddock twice in 1991, but he pulled out of a fight with undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield due to injury

 

Angelo Dundee - Dundee later teamed up with George Foreman, including his 1991 Heavyweight title fight against Evander Holyfield and his 1994 Heavyweight title win against then-undefeated Michael Moorer

 

Bert Cooper - However Cooper bounced back in 1991, stopping Joe Hipp in 5 rounds being matched on short notice with Evander Holyfield for the undisputed heavyweight championship after two opponents dropped out

 

George Foreman - Then, in 1991, Foreman was given the opportunity to challenge Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, who was in tremendous shape at 208 pounds, for the world title in a Pay Per View boxing event


1992

By 1992, Holyfield was already a household name, announcing multiple products on television, such as Coca Cola and Diet Coke add something

 

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 add something

 

He retained the Heavyweight crown three times, which included victories over former champions George Foreman and Larry Holmes, before suffering his first professional loss to Riddick Bowe on November 13, 1992 add something

 

Riddick Bowe - Bowe became the first fighter to defeat Evander Holyfield when he beat him in 1992 for the undisputed world heavyweight title

 

Riddick Bowe - In November 1992 he fought reigning champ Evander Holyfield for the undisputed heavyweight title


1993

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

 

His victory over Bowe that year helped Holyfield being named as ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year for 1993 add something

 

Then came the rematch with Bowe on November 6, 1993 add something

 

Michael Dokes - In 1993, Dokes faced newly crowned heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe in his first title defense since defeating Evander Holyfield


1994

He made a guest appearance on "Nickelodeon's Nickelodeon GUTS" during its third season in 1994 add something

 

Holyfield was forced to retire in 1994, only to return a year later add something

 

His next fight, April 1994, he met former WBO Light Heavyweight Michael Moorer, who was attempting to become the first southpaw to become the universally recognised world heavyweight champion add something

 

Holyfield later lost the titles to Michael Moorer on April 22, 1994 by majority decision add something


1995

In 1995, Holyfield returned to the ring with a ten-round decision win versus former Olympic gold medalist, Ray Mercer add something


1996

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 add something

 

They would fight in 1996 and a rematch in 1997 add something

 

On November 9, 1996, he went on to defeat Mike Tyson by eleventh round technical knockout to win the WBA title, in what was named fight of the year and upset of the year for 1996 by "The Ring" magazine add something


1997

Seven months later, Holyfield won the 1997 rematch against Tyson, when the latter was disqualified in round three for biting off part of Holyfield's ear add something

 

Holyfield's rematch with Tyson took place on June 28, 1997 add something


1998

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 add something

 

Henry Akinwande - A proposed challenge to Evander Holyfield for the WBA belt in 1998 was later abandoned after Akinwande tested positive for hepatitis B

 

Manuel Medina (boxer) - On April 24, 1998, Medina joined Carlos De León, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Edwin Rosario, Evander Holyfield and a small number of other boxers in the exclusive group of fighters to reign as world champions three or more times in the same division, when he outpointed defending IBF title holder Hector Lizarraga over twelve rounds in San Jose, California


1999

By 1999, the public was clamoring for a unification bout versus the WBC World Champion, Lennox Lewis of the United Kingdom add something

 

In 1999, he faced Lennox Lewis in a split draw, but was defeated in a rematch eight months later add something

 

Sultan Ibragimov - This was the only title unification since 1999 when Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield fought

 

Lennox Lewis - On 13 March 1999, Lewis faced WBA and IBF title holder Evander Holyfield in New York City in what was supposed to be a heavyweight unification bout

 

Lennox Lewis - He became undisputed champion after defeating Evander Holyfield in November 1999


2000

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 add something


2001

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 a Heavyweight title add something


2002

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 add something


2003

On October 4, 2003, Holyfield lost to James Toney by TKO when his corner threw in the towel in the ninth round add something


2004

At age 42, Holyfield returned to the ring to face Larry Donald on November 13, 2004 add something


2005

He 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 add something

 

In 2005, Holyfield came in fifth place on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" with his partner Edyta Sliwinska add something

 

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 add something

 

Karen Hardy - She appeared with journalist and presenter Bill Turnbull, in the 2005 Christmas show with former World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, and won the 2006 series with cricketer Mark Ramprakash


2006

Holyfield defeated Jeremy Bates by TKO on August 18, 2006 in a 10 round bout at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas add something

 

Holyfield defeated Fres Oquendo by unanimous decision on November 10, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas add something

 

Fres Oquendo - Quick wins against Brazilian champ Daniel Bispo and Javier Mora set up a fight against Evander Holyfield, which Holyfield won by unanimous decision on November 10, 2006 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas


2007

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

 

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 add something

 

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 add something

 

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 add something

 

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 add something

 

Holyfield was again linked to HGH in September 2007, when his name came up following a raid of Signature Pharmacy in Orlando, Florida add something

 

On September 22, 2007 Holyfield released the Real Deal Grill cooking appliance via TV infomercials add something

 

On October 13, 2007, Holyfield was defeated by Sultan Ibragimov add something

 

Vincent Maddalone - A fight against Evander Holyfield on March 17, 2007, ended in a loss by TKO when his corner threw in the towel in the third round

 

Lou Savarese - On June 30, 2007, Savarese fought former Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield


2008

Shane Carwin - Applied Pharmacy Services has been tied to several other high profile cases involving major athletes including the 2008 suspension of former Atlanta Braves closer John Rocker and boxer Evander Holyfield

 

Nikolai Valuev - Valuev's first title defence of his second reign as WBA Champion was against the 46-year old, four-time heavyweight champion of the world, Evander Holyfield, on 20 December 2008, in which Valuev won a controversial majority decision


2009

There was talk of a rematch in 2009 add something

 

Chip Ganassi Racing - The remnants of this team were purchased by businessman Eddie Smith and professional boxer Evander Holyfield in February 2009 and was run under the name "'Smith-Ganassi Racing"' with Kenny Hendrick


2010

He reportedly agreed to fight South African boxer Francois Botha on January 16, 2010; it was agreed that the venue for the fight would be the Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium in Kampala , Uganda add something

 

A few weeks before the fight, it was revealed that the bout would be postponed to February 20, 2010 add something

 

The match was put in jeopardy due to economic disagreements but was later confirmed to be on April 10, 2010 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas add something

 

Holyfield's next bout against Sherman "The Tank" Williams on November 5, 2010 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan was postponed twice before finally being rescheduled to January 22, 2011 and moved to The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia add something

 

Francois Botha - On 10 April 2010 Botha lost via knockout in the 8th round to Evander Holyfield at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada


2011

Holyfield appeared as himself in the 2011 remake of "Arthur" add something


2012

Holyfield is still an active boxer as of 2012 and has a professional record of 44 wins, 10 losses, 1 draw and 1 no contest add something

 

However, after more than a year of trying to land this fight, Holyfield finally announced his retirement in October 2012, stating, "The game's been good to me and I hope I've been good to the game add something


2014

On January 3, 2014, Holyfield became the 12th housemate to enter the 13th series of Celebrity Big Brother add something

 

On January 6, 2014, he was reprimanded by the show after saying in a conversation with another housemate that being gay isn't normal and can be fixed add something

 

However, In June 2014, after not fighting in over three years, Holyfield announced that his final retirement add something


2016

On May 2016, Holyfield entered the Argentine dancing reality show "Bailando 2016" add something