Evander Holyfield is easily one of the most recognizable figures in the world of boxing. Nicknamed ‘The Real Deal’ and ‘The Warrior’, Holyfield has several achievements credited to his name. These achievements include an Olympic medal and several boxing championship titles.
Born on October 19, 1984, Holyfield is considered to be one of the best boxers from the United States and the world. He debuted professionally in the early 1980s. It was his 1984 Summer Olympic bronze medal win that made him a household name. A year before the Olympics, Holyfield took home the silver in the lightweight division during the Pan American Games held in Caracas.
Standing 6 feet 1.75 inches, Holyfield has competed in lightweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing divisions. He is a formidable player on the ring. He is known for his speed, his stance and his powerful hooks and jabs. Aside from that, Holyfield is known as a player who carries himself well on the ring.
He is known for being the only boxer to win the heavyweight championship four times. The controversial fight he had played with Mike Tyson stirred a lot of tension where the latter bit off a piece of his ear in the heat of the bout.
Holyfield continues to be a part of the boxing scene. In his latest attempt to gain a 5th Heavyweight title, he squared off against Russian boxer Nikolay Valuev. He ended up loosing that fight and Valuev was declared champion via majority decision.
In his entire career, Holyfield has had 47 wins comprising of 27 knockouts, 1 disqualification, 13 decisions, and 1 retired. He has also lost 10 times and has 2 Draws.
Aside from boxing, Holyfield spends his time performing a lot of other tasks. These include several endorsement deals, acting gigs and guest appearances, etc. He is also behind a cooking appliance known as ‘The Real Deal Grill’. He has also recently competed on the reality TV show ‘Dancing with the Stars’.