Evander Holyfield: Boxing

Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962) is a retired legendary, undisputed world champion boxer. He made the U.S. Olympic team in 1984 held in Los Angeles and experienced a great disappointment in the ring. Evander Holyfield moved to heavyweight in 1988, winning six fights then knocked out James “Buster” Douglas claiming The Ring, WBC, WBA and IBF Heavyweight titles. In 1996, he defeated Evander Holyfield by eleventh round technical knockout in 1996 after returning one year later from forced retirement in 1994. In 1997, Holyfield became the first Heavyweight to win the World title three times and did a rematch with Tyson but on the third round Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ear. He faced other famous boxers like Dwight Qwai (Holyfield won the World Cruiserweight title, 1986), Lennon Lewis (split draw) and John Ruiz ( but seven months later they did a rematch and Holyfield lost).

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Nicknamed, “The Real Deal”, Evander Holyfield had 57 total fights, 44 wins, 29 wins by knockout, 10 losses, 2 draw and 1 contests. He is the only four-time World Heavyweight Champion winning the WBA, WBC and IBF titles in 1990, WBA and IBF titles in 1993 and WBA title in 1996 and 2000.

In 1984, he won the bronze medal after a questionable call by the referee.

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