Created October 19, 1962, Evander Holyfield won the bronze medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics before going professional. In 1994, however, he again lost the title, when Michael Moorer got the better of him. Holyfield brought lots of focus in 2005, when he performed on the hit show Dancing with the Stars.
Frequently called “the Real Deal,” Holyfield is famous for being a four-time world heavyweight champ. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, he took boxing lessons as a kid. He competed as hobbyist in the Golden Gloves contests in the early 1980s. Proud to represent his state in the 1984 Olympics held in La, he experienced a great disappointment in the ring. He was disqualified over the course of a semifinal match against Kevin Barry of New Zealand for striking his adversary following a rest. Many who watched the fight have questioned the referee’s call. Despite this private reverse, Holyfield did receive the bronze medal.
Holyfield prepared hard to become large enough and powerful enough to compete as a heavyweight boxer. Holyfield took out Douglas in just seven minutes.
Holyfield’s intense competition with boxer Riddick Bowe started in the early 1990s: He suffered a huge defeat to Bowe in 1992, losing his title. It had been his first loss in 29 professional fights. After briefly considering retirement, Holyfield was back in the ring and concerned to recover his title. Holyfield did not hold on to his title for too long. Another year Michael Moorer got the better of him by decision.
Health problems sidelined the well-known fighter to get a period, but he returned to the ring and eventually fought among the very ill-famed fighters ever, Mike Tyson. Holyfield beat Tyson in their very first encounter in 1996, winning the WBA championship. No one could have envisioned what occurred in their next fight, yet. Tyson was disqualified, and his strange behaviour in the ring became international news. Holyfield, a profoundly spiritual man, forgave his adversary.
In 1999, Holyfield took on another renowned combatant Lennox Lewis, the holder of the WBC heavyweight title. The initial match between both of these heavy hitters finished in a draw, but Lewis emerged triumphant in a rematch after that same year. Holyfield went to win his fourth tournament in 2000, unseating the WBA champ John Ruiz. This success was shortlived, yet. Ruiz beat Holyfield in a rematch the following year.
Holyfield continues to box. Showing that he’s still a competitor, he conquer Jeremy Bates by a knockout in August 2006—his first fight in almost two years. Along with his boxing career slowing down, Holyfield continues to be investigating other business opportunities. He brought plenty of focus because of his footwork, not his clouts, appearing as a contestant in 2005 on Dancing with the Stars, the television contest that teams up celebrities with professional dancers. His memoir, Becoming Holyfield: A Combatant’s Journey, premiered in 2008.Holyfield was inducted in the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in August 2014. Mike Tyson presented him with his prize.
Off stage and outside the ring, Holyfield gives a number of his time to helping young folks. The Holyfield Foundation supports numerous systems for inner city kids. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.