Evander Holyfield is considered one of the best professional boxers of his generation. He was the undisputed champion in both the heavyweight and cruiser-weight divisions, while becoming the only 4-time world heavyweight champion holding IBF, WBC, WBA, and lineal titles. His stats are 6' 2.5" with a 77.5" inch, and his boxing record was 44 wins (29 by knockout), 10 losses, 2 draws, and 1 no contest. He also has a bronze medal from the Olympics representing the United States.
Holyfield was born in 1962 in Atmore, Alabama, and was the youngest of 8 siblings, though he was born to a different father. When he was young, his family moved to a high crime part of the Atlanta housing projects (American urban ghetto). Holyfield was able to separate his rough childhood by boxing at the local boys club, where he was extremely talented. After starting boxing at just 7 years old, he would later qualify for the Junior Olympics as a teenager. Then at 15, he was the Southeastern Regional Champion.
As a senior in high school, he was only 5'8" and 147 pounds. He then experienced a growth spurt. By the age of 21, he had grown to over 6 feet and put on almost 40 pounds, then by his early 20's grew another 2 inches.
Holyfield would compete at both the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1984 Olympics. He would win silver and bronze medals.
Holyfield first pro fight was on television against Lionel Byarm in 1984 in New York, winning in 6 rounds. The next year he beat Eric Winbush, Fred Brown, and Mark Rivera easily.
His first major fight was against WBA Champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi, which was dubbed as the best cruiserweight bout of the 80's. Holyfield would win in an amazing 15 round split decision, becoming world champion. In 1987, he defended his title against Henry Tillman who had beaten Mike Tyson twice as an amateur. His rematch with Qawi would be far different from the first, as he would knock him out in just 4 rounds.
This fight was shown on Showtime and gave Holyfield a lot of respect.
The next year Holyfield knocked out Carlos De Leon, who was the Lineal and WBC Champion, in 8 rounds.
Holyfield was ready to move up weight classes as he had his eyes set on the World Heavyweight Championship. His very first fight was a 5 round knockout of James Tillis, and he also knocked out Pinkon Thomas in 7 rounds.
In 1989, Holyfield fought Michael Dokes in what is considered one of the best fights of the 80's.
Holyfield would win in 10 rounds by knockout. By now he was eyeing Mike Tyson, and was promised a title shot in 1990; however, that was derailed when Tyson lost to Buster Douglas. This meant Holyfield would have to go through Douglas first, and he knocked him out:
This was impressive because Douglas outweighed Holyfield by 30 pounds.
Holyfield would defend his title against 42-year-old George Foreman, who was 14 years older but also 50 pounds heavier. The fight would last 12 rounds but Holyfield was the winner by points. Holyfield would finally get his wish to fight Mike Tyson, but the fight was once again delayed when Tyson was sent to jail for rape.
In 1993, Holyfield fought Riddick Bowe and a very bizarre thing happened during the fight.
During the fight, a man decided to parachute into the ring, almost landing right on the boxers themselves. Unfortunately for him, Bowe's entourage got a hold of him and beat him up, while Bowe's pregnant wife ended up fainting and having to be rushed to the hospital. The man would later claim that it was an accident, yet he would also do similar stunts at other sporting events.
Holyfield gets his wish
After Mike Tyson left jail, he would regain his WBC and WBA Heavyweight Championships, and Holyfield would get his wish to fight Tyson. Although Tyson was heavily favored to win, Holyfield would beat him in 11 rounds. In my personal view, even though I was a Tyson fan at the time, this was one of the greatest sports performances of the 90's and Holyfield dominated the bout.
Holyfield would be called "A Sports Legend" by the commentators.
Tyson would get a rematch, and another bizarre incident would occur during the bout.
In round 3, Tyson bit one of Holyfield's ears and was deducted points. The fight was allowed to continue, and Tyson bit Holyfield's other ear and spat out flesh onto the floor. This time the referee disqualified Tyson.
Holyfield would then fight Lennox Lewis twice, the first being a controversial draw, as many thought Lewis should have been declared the winner. The 2nd fight all 3 judges scored Lewis as the winner.
Holyfield would fight for 10 more years and was considered one of the most consistent boxers of his time. Finally, at 50 years old, he decided to retire. He is currently a boxing adviser, does celebrity appearances for shows, and does advertising.
In his personal life, he has 11 children with 6 women and considers himself a born-again Christian. He repeatedly failed to pay child support to his children's mothers. It was reported in 2012 that even though Holyfield had earned over 500M during his boxing career he was broke.
During early 2007, Holyfield was linked to an Alabama pharmacy that was being investigated for providing athletes steroids and human growth hormone. This was dubbed "East Coast BALCO", and other athletes like Jose Canseco and Gary Matthews Jr. were also named as customers. You can read the full ESPN story here: http://www.espn.com/espn/news/story?id=2782741
An illicit steroid distribution network, which may be responsible for Internet sales of performance-enhancing drugs nationwide, has been targeted by an upstate New York prosecutor. Customers reportedly included Los Angeles Angels outfielder Gary Matthews Jr., former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and former baseball star Jose Canseco. SOURCE: ESPN
A man named Evan Fields was a patient who shares the same birthdate and a similar Atlanta address. To make matters worse when the phone number was dialed it was Holyfield who answered. This led to the obvious conclusion that Holyfield had used a phony name to acquire the drugs.
In late 2007, Holyfield was linked to another pharmacy in Orlando, FL, which supplied athletes with human growth hormone.
During much of Holyfield's career steroids were not even tested in boxing, so it wouldn't be stretch of the imagination to assume he used them. We can speculate his steroid stack ahead of a bout would have looked like this:
Evander Holyfield Steroid Cycle * (disclaimer)
- Testosterone Propionate 50mgs per day
- Winstrol 50mgs a day
- Cheque drops .5mg 1-2 hours pre-fight or training
- Human Growth Hormone (HGH) 3-5IU's per day maintenance dose, then upped to 5-10IU's per day after a fight to help with recovery.
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*DISCLAIMER: The cycle above is our opinion on what Evander Holyfield could have used, this is for information and entertainment purposes only. There is no direct evidence that Evander Holyfield used steroids or any other drugs. This article is our freedom of speech.
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