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Evander Holyfield: His Ten Biggest Ring Victories

Updated on June 16, 2014

The Real Deal

Evander Holyfield won a bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California as a light heavyweight.

Less than two years into his professional career Evander won the Cruiserweight championship and eventually unified the titles. Holyfield never lost as a Cruiserweight and most boxing historians rank him as the best cruiser in boxing history.

Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield won the heavyweight championship four times which is a heavyweight record.

Evander Holyfield T.K.O. 11 Mike Tyson

Evander Holyfield became a three time heavyweight champion by knocking out Iron Mike Tyson in 11 rounds in their first bout in 1996.
Evander Holyfield became a three time heavyweight champion by knocking out Iron Mike Tyson in 11 rounds in their first bout in 1996. | Source

Loved and Respected OverAchiever

Evander Holyfield beat Big George Foreman by12 round decision in 1991 in defense of his heavyweight championships.
Evander Holyfield beat Big George Foreman by12 round decision in 1991 in defense of his heavyweight championships.
Evander Holyfied unified heavyweight titles and avenged an early career defeat by knocking M chapel Moorer out.
Evander Holyfied unified heavyweight titles and avenged an early career defeat by knocking M chapel Moorer out. | Source
Evander Holyfield came out of retirement and beat Ray Mercer in a war that went ten full rounds.
Evander Holyfield came out of retirement and beat Ray Mercer in a war that went ten full rounds. | Source
Evander Holyfield, right, is seen here knocking out former heavyweight champion Michael Dokes in the 10th round of a pitched battle.
Evander Holyfield, right, is seen here knocking out former heavyweight champion Michael Dokes in the 10th round of a pitched battle. | Source

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Evander Holyfield Beats Riddick Bowe To Regain Heavyweight Title!

Evander Holyfield beat Riddick Bowe by decision gaining revenge by avenging his only defeat at that time and becoming a two time heavyweight king.
Evander Holyfield beat Riddick Bowe by decision gaining revenge by avenging his only defeat at that time and becoming a two time heavyweight king. | Source

Holyfield's Career Losses

Riddick Bowe (Twice)
Michael Moorer
Lennox Lewis
John Ruiz
Chris Byrd
James Toney
Larry Donald
Sultan Ibragimov
Nikolay Valuev
 
 
 
These are the ten losses that Holyfield has experienced during his professional boxing career. Most of these losses occurred after Holyfield was past his prime.

Evander Holyfield Wins Cruiserweight Championship in 15 Round War!

Evander Holyfield took Dwight Muhammad Qawi's Cruiserweight title in a 15 round brawl in 1986.
Evander Holyfield took Dwight Muhammad Qawi's Cruiserweight title in a 15 round brawl in 1986. | Source

Evander Holyfield's Top Wins

1. Evander Holyfield T.K.O. 11 Mike Tyson (1996) Holyfield was supposedly past his prime when he met current heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Wrong. Holyfield boxed and brawled with Tyson, scoring a knockdown and winning by T.K.O. in the 11th round. Tyson landed some good body shots and uppercuts in a few rounds but otherwise Holyfield shocked everyone by not only winning but dominating. Holyfield battered Tyson in the tenth and Iron Mike was saved by the bell. in the 11th Holyfield landed a four punch combo that sent Tyson reeling to the ropes where Holyfield landed another big right as Tyson slumped and the ref called a haunt. Mike Tyson scurried the squared circle with a record of 45-1.

2. Evander Holyfield W12 Riddick Bowe (1993) Holyfield lost the heavyweight crown to Bowe the previous year and most boxing experts picked him to lose again to the younger, stronger, and taller Riddick Bowe. The bout is known for the fan man who landed in the ring interrupting the fight but it was a great match as well. The fight was close throughout but Evander Holyfield mixed just enough boxing and brawling on the inside to earn a close but deserved victory on the scorecards. Holyfield controlled the battle of the jab although he took plenty himself and most importantly Holyfield was able to beat Bowe during infighting especially by landing his left hook constantly. Evander Holyfield showed chin, heart, skills and he showed he could beat the big men of his era. Riddick Bowe entered the contest with a resume reading 34 wins and no losses.

3. Evander Holyfield W15 Dwight Muhammad Qawi (1986) Holyfield was only 11-0 when he took on future hall of Famer and Cruiserweight King Dwight Qawi and it was a non stop action fight. Both men traded hooks and uppercuts all night long and the fight was very close after 11 heats. Holyfield upped the pressure over the last four rounds and with amazing stamina, skills and will he won a close decision and the championship in under two years as a pro boxer. Qawi had his moments stunning The Real Deal several times but each time Holyfield would come back firing away in combination to gain a slight edge. Holyfield had a little more in the tank in the end. Dwight Muhammad Qawi entered the prize ring with a record of 26-2-1.

4. Evander Holyfield K.O. 3 James "Buster" Douglas (1990) Buster Douglas knocked out then undefeated Mike Tyson in his previous fight but in his first defense he had the misfortune of having to fight Holyfield. Evander used every punch in the book including jabs, right hands and left hooks to Douglas's head and body. The fist round was so one sided because Holyfield used head movement and footwork to evade almost every punch Buster could muster. The second round was even worse for Buster as The Real Deal started throwing even more, accurate and fast jabs and also lead left hooks to win another lopsided round in which Holyfield showed he was ay ahead of Douglas in terms of boxing class. The third was slow for a moment and then Douglas went for bro e and launched a huge, telegraphed right uppercut and Holyfield sidestepped it and then came back with a thudding overhand right that floored Douglas for the ten count and made Holyfield the heavyweight Champion. James Douglas entered the arena with a record of 30-4-1.

5. Evander Holyfield W12 George Foreman (1991) George Foreman and Evander Holyfield engaged in what was billed as the Battle of the Ages and they did for disappoint. In the second round Holyfield staggered Foreman and he swept the third and fourth rounds with his footwork and boxing ability. The fifth and sixth rounds were extremely close as Foreman landed to the body and Holyfield landed hooks to the head. The seventh round was named as Round of the Year because both boxers were wobbled numerous times during the frame. The ninth round featured great two way action until Holyfield landed a four punch combo that nearly knocked out Big George. Holyfield used his speed, stamina, youth and skills to sweep the final rounds and defend his heavyweight crown. George Foreman entered the contest with a record of 69-2.

6. Evander Holyfield T.K.O 8 Michael Moorer (1997) This match was a chance for Holyfield to avenge an earlier career loss to Moorer and also to unify heavyweight titles. Moorer wobbled Holyfield at the end of the first and landed some hard counter jabs and hooks to win the second as well. The third round was close but midway through an accidental headbutt opened a deep cut on Holyfield's right eye. The fourth was a Moorer round and he appeared to be gaining momentum. Moorer was handily winning the fifth with hard right jabs when Holyfield froze him with a right uppercut and put him down with a strait right. In the seventh Holyfield put Moorer to his knees with a lead right uppercut. Moorer got up and Holyfield missed a hook and landed another right uppercut that Put Moorer down again. In the 8th Holyfield landed a barrage of punches which put Moorer on his back. He got up and Holyfield unloaded and Moorer was floored again making it five total knock downs. The doctor stopped it after the 8th round. Moorer came into this fight with a record of 39.1.

7. Evander Holyfield K.O. 4 Dwight Muhammad Qawi (1987) Former light heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion Qawi wants his title back but the undefeated cruiserweight champion Holyfield is ready for the challenge. Holyfield dominated this fight from the opening bell landing jabs and accurate right hands to the point of the chin. Holyfield landed even more shots to break Qawi's spirit in the second and third stanza's. In the fourth round Qawi leaped in with a looping right hand that missed and Holyfield countered with a huge right that put Qawi down. Qawi got up on spaghetti legs and Holyfield landed a huge lead right that put Qawi out for the ted count. Dwight Muhammad Qawi came into this rematch sporting a record of 28-4-1.

8. Evander Holyfield W10 Ray Mercer (1995) Merciless Ray Mercer was an under achieving gold medalist with an iron chin and a hard punch. Holyfield was in the midst of a comeback. The first five rounds were very close and could have went either boxers way. In the sixth Mercer seemed to Outland Holyfield with jabs and rights and the fans were screaming in the audience. Holyfield sustained a deep gash that had to be checked twice by the doctor in the 7th stanza. Mercer landed two jabs and a body shot to close out a tight seventh. In the 8th round Holyfield did what no one had ever done and that's put Mercer on the canvas. Holyfield landed a left hook that Mercer didn't see and he he'll to the ground. Holyfield eased out the final two rounds to win a close decision. Ray Mercwr came into the fight with a record of 23-2-1.

9. Evander Holyfield T.K.O. 10 Michael Dokes (1989) Dynamite Dokes was a world ranked and heavy hitting heavyweight when Holyfield fresh from the Cruiserweight division met him to prove he was ready for the heavyweight division. Dokes rattled Holyfield early with overhand rights, uppercuts and left hooks to the body but Holyfield simply never slowed down and just kept punching in combination. After six rounds the fight was up for grabs but Holyfield as usual upped the ante. The 8th and 9th were especially brutal as Dokes slowed just a little Holyfield picked up the pace somehow. In the tenth Holyfield stunned Dokes with a left hook and an uppercut. Dokes stumbled backward across the ring and into the ropes and Holyfield ran at him and landed a booming right as the ref stopped the bout. Dokes entered the bout with a record of 37-1-2.

10. Evander Holyfield T.K.O. 8 Alex Stewart (1989) Alex" The Destroyer" Stewat entered the fight against Holyfield undefeated and it was a terrific bout. Holyfield used footwork and one-two's to take the first two rounds. The third and fourth rounds were close as both contestants rocked each other with huge hooks. Stewart suffered a bad cut from a Holyield punch which impaired his vision. Stewart shot his load in the sixth and Evander came back throwing punches in combination and they were crisp. The seventh was Holyfield at his best, on his toes firing off strait, accurate shots. Stewart seemed to be out of gas and bleeding profusely from his eye to end the 7th heat. In the 8th round Holyfield opened up and landed several three punch combination to Stewart's badly contorting face and eye. The doctor and ref concurred and stopped the contest mid round. Stewart came into the fight with a record of 24-0 with 24 knockouts!




Evander Holyfield Knocks Out Buster Douglas in Three Rounds For The Heavyweight Crown!

Evander Holyfield knocked out Buster Douglas in the third round in 1990 to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Evander Holyfield knocked out Buster Douglas in the third round in 1990 to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. | Source

Bronze Medal Winner!

Evander Holyfield won a Bronze Medal for the United States in the light heavyweight division in 1984 and for that and that alone he should be extremely proud. Having said that anyone who has seen the footage knows that Holyfield was the superior boxer in the match that he was controversially disqualified in for a late hit. At the minimum Holyfield should have brought home Silver but in all actuality he probably would have taken the Gold home to Atlanta.

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