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Evander Holyfield
Evander Holyfield LA 2011.jpg
Holyfield in 2011
Statistics
Nickname(s)
  • The Real Deal
  • The Warrior
Rated at
Height 6 ft 2+1/2 in
Reach 77+1/2 in
Nationality American
Born October 19, 1962 (1962-10-19) (age 56)
Atmore, Alabama, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 57
Wins 44
Wins by KO 29
Losses 10
Draws 2
No contests 1

Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962) is an American boxer. He held both the world heavyweight championship and the world cruiserweight championship. He also won a bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Holyfield was born in Atmore, Alabama. He became a professional boxer in 1984 and won the cruiserweight championship from Dwight Muhammad Qawi in 1986. He moved to the heavyweight division in 1988 and won the world championship from James "Buster" Douglas in 1990. He defended the title three times, including fights against former champions Larry Holmes and George Foreman. He lost the title to Riddick Bowe in 1992 but won it back the next year. In 1994 he lost to Michael Moorer and briefly retired. He soon fought again, however, and surprised many by knocking out Mike Tyson in 1996. He had a draw against Lennox Lewis in 1998 and then lost a rematch to him in 1999.

In 2005, Holyfield was a contestant on season 1 of Dancing with the Stars. He was a housemate in the January 2014 series of Celebrity Big Brother (UK).

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