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Prizefighter Tribute: Evander Holyfield

Updated on August 22, 2016

The Real Deal

Evander Holyfield: Former Cruiserweight  World Champion and four time heavyweight champion. Holyfield also won a Bronze Medal at the 84 Olympic games.
Evander Holyfield: Former Cruiserweight World Champion and four time heavyweight champion. Holyfield also won a Bronze Medal at the 84 Olympic games. | Source
Olympic Bronze Medalist Evander Holyfield also won the Cruiserweight title and the heavyweight crown four times.
Olympic Bronze Medalist Evander Holyfield also won the Cruiserweight title and the heavyweight crown four times. | Source
Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe fought three times during the 1990's and all three were classics.
Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe fought three times during the 1990's and all three were classics. | Source
Evander Holyfield and George Foreman fought for the heavyweight title in 1990 with Holyfield winning a 12 round unanimous decision.
Evander Holyfield and George Foreman fought for the heavyweight title in 1990 with Holyfield winning a 12 round unanimous decision. | Source
Evander Holyfield beat George Foreman by 12 round decision in defense of the heavyweight title in 1991.
Evander Holyfield beat George Foreman by 12 round decision in defense of the heavyweight title in 1991. | Source
Evander Holyfield beat Mike Tyson twice. The first time by 11th round knockout and the second time he won by disqualification.
Evander Holyfield beat Mike Tyson twice. The first time by 11th round knockout and the second time he won by disqualification. | Source
Evander" The Real Deal" Holyfield knocked out James"Buster"Douglas in three rounds to become the Heavyweight champion of the world in 1990.
Evander" The Real Deal" Holyfield knocked out James"Buster"Douglas in three rounds to become the Heavyweight champion of the world in 1990. | Source
Evander Holyfield, right, beat Holyfield in their second bout to become a two time heavyweight champion.
Evander Holyfield, right, beat Holyfield in their second bout to become a two time heavyweight champion. | Source

4 Time Heavyweight Champion of The World

Evander Holyfield was born in Alabama but was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He won the Bronze Medal at the 1984 Olympic Games and then the undisputed Cruiserweight Championship beating among others Dwight Muhammad Qawi (twice). The Real Deal won the heavyweight crown four times beating Buster Douglas, Riddick Bowe, Mike Tyson and John Ruiz for his heavyweight laurels. The most special thing about Holyfield was his heart. I'll never forget during the first Riddick Bowe when Larry Merchant said that if Holyfield weighed 205 then his heart must weigh 204. He never ducked anyone and if you tagged him he had to get back instantly. His chin, heart, counter punching and will makes him a top 5 heavyweight of all time in my book. When Holyfield was hurt or losing that meant you were in trouble in his prime. He was being beat up by Riddick Bowe in his first meeting when he floored Big Daddy with a monstrous left hook. Also, Ray Mercer and Bert Cooper were pounding on the Real Deal and out of nowhere Holyfield floors Mercer and knocks out Smokin Bert Cooper.


Holyfield never ducked any opponent and he always gave his all in the squared circle. It was only his 11th bout when he neat Hall of Fame champion Dwight Qawi in the last great 15 round fight ever contested and the ebb and flow was very dramatic from start to finish. Holyfield performed even better in rematches during his career. A rematch with Qawi ended with a 4th round knockout victory for the Georgia fighter. Holyfield lost his titles to Riddick Bowe and Michael Moorer and then avenged both defeats to regain the heavyweight laurels. Mr. Holyfield rarely had a dull fight and he could fight inside or he could use his footwork to get the job done.

Final Thoughts on The Real Deal

Evander Holyfield in my opinion is a top five heavyweight easily based on accomplishments and length of time at the top or near the top. He never ducked any challenge and in his prime was very hard to beat. Holyfield proved many times that he had a steel chin and a heart as big as you will ever see. He was a pure gentleman outside the squared circle and the ultimate warrior inside of the ring. Many people tend to forget that he was robbed in the Olympics of probable Gold and that he is without a doubt the top Cruiserweight boxer in the history of the sport. The reason is because he achieved so much in his heavyweight career of more than twenty years. Whether you think Holy is an all time great one thing is for sure. His heart is huge and he took on all comers. Those two traits plus his skills and determination helped to take him to the top. Holyfield was a fan favorite because he gave 100% in that ring no matter what.

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Top 5 Evander Holyfield Victories

1. Holyfield T.K.0.11 Mike Tyson: Everyone thought Holyfield was shot. Well, everyone was wrong! Holyfield knocked Tyson down once and then had him out on his feet for the T.K.O. victory in the 11th round.

2. Holyfield Won in 12 Riddick Bowe: Holyfield lost the first fight but he regrouped and got revenge. The bout was close the entire time but the Real Deal edged him out in a bout known for the Fan Man who glided into the ring and interfered with the action. .

3. Holyfield Won in 15 Dwight Muhammad Qwai: Holyfield wins the Cruiserweight title in just his 12th Professional bout. This was the last 15 round decision rendered and it happened in 1986 as all sanctioning bodies were converting over to x12 round title bouts.

4. Holyfield Won in 12 George Foreman: Foreman pounded on Holyfield but Holyfield out fought Big George overall. Round seven was named as round of the year. It was a back and forth affair and even though Holyfield clearly won he still had to survive some heavy leather to do so.

5. Holyfield K.O. 10 Michael Dokes: Dokes and Holyfield fought on near even terms until Evander stepped on the gas and knocked out Dokes in devastating fashion. Holyfield and Dynamite Dokes began trading but Holyfield landed a left hook and a lethal uppercut to put Dokes on his heels. The Real Deal rushed at him and landed a huge right hand and as Dokes crumbled the ref stopped it.

Evander Holyfield vs. Ray Mercer

Evander Holyfield puts Ray Mercer on the mat and wins a decision during their sensational ring tussle. It was close throughout but The Real Deal gritted it out and won a decision.
Evander Holyfield puts Ray Mercer on the mat and wins a decision during their sensational ring tussle. It was close throughout but The Real Deal gritted it out and won a decision. | Source

The Real Deal's Victims

Mike Tyson
Larry Holmes
Riddick Bowe
Dwight Qawi
George Foreman
Michael Moorer
Michael Dokes
Ray Mercer
Bert Cooper
 
Carlos De Leon
 
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