Mar 13, Late in his first and losing match against Michael Moorer, Holyfield Holyfield lost two of three to Riddick Bowe, who is the size of Lewis. Evander Holyfield (born October 19, ) is an American former professional boxer who Holyfield regained the crown in a rematch one year later, defeating Bowe for the . Instead of fighting Tyson, Holyfield was Douglas' first title defense . But while he enjoyed boxing, Holyfield's first love was football. . translate into strict fidelity to his marriage vows, and when women began throwing themselves at . In November , the last Bowe-Holyfield match took place in Las Vegas.
With their help, he improved his strength, endurance, speed, and agility. The all-around training helped him reach the finals in television's Superstars, in which he competed against athletes from a multitude of different sports. But the real test came in the ring, where Holyfield passed with flying colors. He beat his first six opponents as a heavyweight, opponents who were heavier and, they thought, stronger than he was. He began moving steadily up the ranks and, after he defeated Michael Dukes in March ofhe began to be seen as a potential challenger to heavyweight champ "Iron Mike" Tyson.
In the midst of negotiations to have the two meet, the incredible happened. In a major upset, Tyson lost his title to James "Buster" Douglas. So Douglas agreed to fight Holyfield.
World Heavyweight Champion On October 25,champion and challenger met. Douglas had almost 40 pounds on Holyfield, but it was 40 pounds of flab. And Holyfield was in top shape. Not that he was without problems. A car dealership he had been involved with failed a little before the fight, embarrassing him, and closer to home, his wife Paulette filed for divorce just weeks before the big match.
Holyfield's devoutness didn't always translate into strict fidelity to his marriage vows, and when women began throwing themselves at the rising boxing star, he sometimes gave in. Despite all this, Holyfield was primed and ready the night of the fight. In the third round, he felled Douglas with a right-hand punch, and Douglas made little effort to get back up.
Holyfield became the undisputed world heavyweight champion. Holyfield was more generous in his autobiography: It appeared to me that Douglas lacked a sense of consciousness. But he still had to prove himself.
The cry for a Tyson-Holyfield match went up almost immediately, but Holyfield settled on an easier fight with a year-old George Foreman. Actually, Foreman had won 24 straight fights to get there, and this match proved considerably harder than expected. After twelve grueling rounds, Holyfield won a unanimous decision, but without the expected knockout.
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That summer, negotiations began for the expected match with Tyson, but Tyson's rape charge, and subsequent conviction, put an end to them. Instead, he fought Bert Cooper in Novemberbefore a hometown audience in Atlanta. Perhaps feeling cocky in his home-town, Holyfield got a little sloppy and Cooper knocked him down in the third round, the first such blow he'd suffered in his professional career. He came back to knock out Cooper in the seventh round, but observers noted the fall more than the victory.
The following year, he went up against another aging former champ, Larry Holmesand again he won by a decision after twelve rounds instead of the expected knockout.
Critics grumbled that the champ was looking less and less impressive. On November 13,Holyfield found himself in a much harder match, against Riddick Bowe, a younger, heavier man who was as hungry for the title as he himself had been. The fight had been promoted as "Friday the 13th: Ironically, Holyfield earned back some respect in this losing match by proving he could go the distance against a more powerful opponent. Even Bowe told Holyfield, "You were always a class act.
The Humble Warrior, his brother Bernard attributes this to a growing anger that the bout with Bowe had been much closer than the judges seemed to think and an anger at Bowe for "talking noise" about Evander's supposed deficiencies. Holyfield began meeting another former Heavyweight Champion, Michael Dokes.
This fight was named one of the best fights of the s by Ring magazine, as best heavyweight bout of the s. Holyfield won by a knockout in the 10th round, and then he met Brazilian Champion Adilson Rodrigueswho lasted two rounds. His last fight of the s was against Alex Stewarta hard punching fringe contender.
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Stewart shocked Holyfield early, with quick, hard punches, but eventually fell in eight. InHolyfield beat Seamus McDonaghknocking him out in four rounds.
By this time, Holyfield had been Ring Magazine's number-one contender for two years and had yet to receive a shot at Tyson's Heavyweight title. Undisputed heavyweight champion Main articles: Evander HolyfieldEvander Holyfield vs. George ForemanEvander Holyfield vs. Bert Cooperand Evander Holyfield vs. Larry Holmes Holyfield had been promised a title shot against Tyson in Instead of fighting Tyson, Holyfield was Douglas' first title defense.
They met on October 25, In the third round Douglas tried to start a combination with a big right uppercut.
Holyfield countered with a straight right hand and Douglas went down for the count. Holyfield was the new undefeated, Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World. At the time of the knockout, Holyfield was ahead on all three judges' scorecards, all seeing it 20—18 for Holyfield. In his first defense, he beat former and future world champion George Foreman by unanimous decision.
The fight was billed as a "Battle for the Ages," a reference to the age difference between the young undefeated champion 28 years old and the much older George Foreman 42 years old. Holyfield weighed in at pounds and Foreman weighed in at pounds.
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Foreman lost the fight by a unanimous decision, but surprised many by lasting the whole 12 rounds against a much younger opponent, even staggering Holyfield a few times and knocking him off balance in the seventh round. Then a deal was signed for him to defend his crown against Mike Tyson in November Tyson delayed the fight, claiming he was injured in training, but was then convicted for the rape of Desiree Washington and sentenced to six years in prison, so the fight did not happen at that time.
They fought in Holyfield won by a TKO in 11 and a rematch in Holyfield won by disqualification in three, after Tyson bit both of his ears. Holyfield made his next defense in Atlanta against late replacement in Bert Cooper over Francesco Damiani who suffered a foot injury in training days before the fight, Cooper surprised Holyfield with a very good effort.
Holyfield scored the first knockdown of the fight against Cooper with a powerful shot to the body, but Cooper returned the favor with a good right hand that sent Holyfield against the ropes; while not an actual knockdown, referee Mills Lane gave Holyfield a standing eight-count.
Having suffered the first technical knockdown of his professional career, Holyfield regained his composure quickly and administered a beating that left Cooper still on his feet, but unable to defend himself. Holyfield landed brutal power shots, culminated by repeated vicious uppercuts that snapped Cooper's head back.
Referee Mills Lane stopped the bout in the seventh. In his first fight ofhe faced former world heavyweight champion Larry Holmeswho was 42 years old, and had just pulled off an upset against Ray Mercer.
During the bout, Holyfield suffered the first scar of his career with a gash opening up over his eye, the result of Holmes' elbow. The fight ended with a unanimous decision in favor of Holyfield. Holyfield—Bowe rivalry Main articles: Riddick Bowe and Riddick Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield II In the beginning of a trilogy of bouts with the year-old Riddick Bowewho had won a silver medal in the Olympics, in the Super Heavyweight division, he suffered his first defeat when Bowe won the undisputed title by a round unanimous decision in Las Vegas.
Round ten of that bout was named the Round of the Year by Ring Magazine. Holyfield was knocked down in round He made the mistake of getting into a slugfest with the younger, bigger and stronger Bowe, leading to his defeat.
He began by beating Alex Stewart in a rematch, but this time over the round unanimous distance. Then came the rematch with Bowe on November 6, In what is considered by many sporting historians as one of the most bizarre moments in boxing's history, during round seven the crowd got off their feet and many people started to run for cover and yell.
Holyfield took his eyes off Bowe for one moment and then told Bowe to look up to the skies. What they saw was a man in a parachute flying dangerously close to them.
The man almost entered the ring, but his parachute had gotten entangled in the lights and he landed on the ropes and apron of the ring, and he was then pulled into the crowd, where he was beaten by members of Bowe's entourage. Bowe's pregnant wife, Judy, fainted and had to be taken to the hospital from the arena.
Twenty minutes later, calm was restored and Holyfield went on to recover his world heavyweight titles with a close 12 round majority decision. The man who parachuted down to the middle of the ring became known as The Fan Man and the fight itself became known as the Fan Man Fight. Title loss to Moorer, Holyfield vs. Bowe III Main articles: Michael Moorer and Riddick Bowe vs. He dropped Moorer in round two, but lost a twelve-round majority decision.
When he went to the hospital to have his shoulder checked, he was diagnosed with a heart condition and had to announce his retirement from boxing. It later surfaced that the chairman of the medical advisory board for the Nevada State Athletic Commission believed his condition to be consistent with HGH use.
He and Hinn subsequently became friends and he became a frequent visitor to Hinn's crusades. He then passed his next examination by the boxing commission.
Holyfield later stated that his heart was misdiagnosed due to the morphine pumped into his body. InHolyfield returned to the ring with a ten-round decision win versus former Olympic gold medalist, Ray Mercer.
He was the first man to knock down Mercer. Holyfield and Bowe then had their rubber match. Holyfield knocked Bowe down with a single left hook but Bowe prevailed by a knockout in eight. Holyfield later claimed that he contracted hepatitis before the fight. Evander Holyfield and Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II was a very good year for Holyfield. First, he met former world champion Bobby Czyzbeating him by a knockout in six. Then, he and Mike Tyson finally met. Tyson was heavily favored to win, but Holyfield made history by defeating Tyson in an 11th round TKO.
However, the fight was not recognized as being for the Lineal championshipwhich was held by George Foreman at the time. Known as "The Bite Fight," it went into the annals of boxing as one of the most bizarre fights in history. The infamous incident occurred in the third round, when Tyson bit Holyfield on one of his ears and had two points deducted.
Referee Mills Lane decided to disqualify Tyson initially, but after Holyfield and the ringside doctor intervened and said Holyfield could continue, he relented and allowed the fight to go on.
Tyson bit Holyfield again, this time on the other ear. Tyson's teeth tore off a small section of the top of his opponent's ear, known as the helixand spat that bit of flesh out onto the canvas. The immediate aftermath of the incident was bedlam. Tyson was disqualified and a melee ensued. Tyson claimed his bites were a retaliation to Holyfield's unchecked headbuttswhich had cut him in both fights. Others argued that Tyson, knowing he was on his way to another knockout loss, was looking for a way out of the fight.
His former trainer, Teddy Atlashad predicted that Tyson would get himself disqualified, calling Tyson "a very weak and flawed person. Moorer II, Bean Main articles: Holyfield knocked Moorer to the canvas five times and referee Mitch Halpern stopped the fight between the eighth and ninth rounds under the advice of physician Flip Homansky.
In Holyfield had only one fight, making a mandatory defense against Vaughn Beanwho was defeated by decision at the Georgia Dome in the champion's hometown. For the first time, Holyfield's performance called into question whether age was diminishing his ability to continue as a championship fighter.
Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis II Holyfield vs. That bout happened in March of that year. The bout was declared a controversial draw after twelve rounds, where it appeared to most that Lewis dominated the fight. Holyfield said "I haven't felt this good after a fight since I was a cruiserweight," Holyfield said. Maybe I'd be sore and sick, but I'd have the victory.
John RuizEvander Holyfield vs. Holyfield and Ruiz began their trilogy in August of that year, with Holyfield making history by winning on a controversial, but unanimous round decision to become the first boxer in history to be the World Heavyweight Champion four times.
Holyfield blamed his lackluster performance on a perforated broken eardrum. On December 15 of that year, Holyfield challenged Ruiz for the title, in an attempt to become champion again.
Evander Holyfield began as a promising year for Holyfield: