breaking news

Indicted Snellville mayor suspending himself from office

5 best fights of Evander Holyfield’s career


Evander Holyfield lost 10 times in 57 bouts over his 27-year professional boxing career. He was defined by his comebacks, his sheer will and courage, winning some of the biggest fights in the sport’s history.

He beat Mike Tyson twice, Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, Dwight Muhammad and more, fighting everybody of significance in his era.

Holyfield will take memories of his mother into Hall of Fame

For those reasons, the former Fayetteville, Ga., resident was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Induction ceremonies are next week in the small village of Canstota, N.Y.

These are the top five fights of his career:

Defeated Mike Tyson, TKO-11 

• Holyfield opened as a 25-1 underdog. He had looked bad in four consecutive fights (losses to Michael Moorer and Riddick Bowe; wins over Ray Mercer and Bobby Czyz). Tyson had dominated eight straight opponents since his lone loss to Buster Douglas. But Tyson’s predictable style turned out to be perfect for Holyfield, who outboxed and ultimately outslugged “the baddest man on the planet.”

Defeated Riddick Bowe, decision-12

• This was the middle fight of the trilogy after Bowe had beaten Holyfield for the title one year earlier. The fight was remembered for two reasons: A deranged paraglider (“Fan Man”) crashing into the outdoor ring in round 7 and the Holyfield (217 pounds) being the more punishing fighter than the larger Bowe (246).

Defeated Buster Douglas, KO-3 

• It was the first time Holyfield won the heavyweight title but it actually was one of his easiest fights. Douglas weighed in at a bloated 246 pounds, 15 pounds heavier than in his stunning upset of Mike Tyson eight months earlier. Holyfield outboxed him for two rounds, then dropped him with a straight right in the third.

Defeated Dwight Muhammad Qawi, decision-15 

• It was Holyfield’s first pro title (cruiserweight) and he often says this was the toughest fight of his career. He suffered severe dehydration and he was pushed to his physical limits but he won a unanimous decision in his hometown.

Defeated Michael Moorer, TKO-8

• Holyfield was coming off consecutive wins over Tyson (losing part of ear in the rematch) and was set on avenging his earlier title defeat to Moorer. It was one of the most overwhelming victories of his career. He knocked down Moorer five times, including twice in the eighth. The bout was stopped before the ninth.

Read what Evander Holyfield is doing now and which of these fights he recalls most on myAJC.com


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Georgia Tech honors players of the week
Georgia Tech honors players of the week

Guard Parker Braun, defensive end Antonio Simmons and linebacker Terrell Lewis were named the team’s players of the week for offense, defense and special teams following the Yellow Jackets’ 35-17 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. Braun blocked 22 defenders to the ground on 74 plays, helping the Jackets gain 436 rushing yards against the...
Michigan State recruiting: Julian Barnett feels Spartans’ love, Michael Fletcher lands offer, Tom Izzo visits Romeo Weems

Big 12’s statistical offensive dominance keying conference success

It’s common knowledge that the Big 12 is a conference famed more for its offensively-dominant teams than any defensive excellence. In fact, the conference earned its fair share of derision in the preseason based on that premise.  And so far in 2017, that premise has held true. But this year, it’s working out very well...
Notre Dame football: After win on Saturday, perception of Fighting Irish starting to shift

College football tends to be a shifting landscape from week to week. After a 20-19 loss to Georgia, frustration was evident among not only Notre Dame fans, but its head coach as well. Was another season of high expectations headed toward more disappointment and, possibly, a change within the program? As it turns out, maybe it turns out...
Penn State recruiting: Nittany Lions commits react to last-second win over Iowa

Stay updated as Penn State rises toward the top of the recruiting rankings! Don’t miss the coverage from  Tyler Donohue, who brings a decade of experience as a national college football reporter and recruiting department staff member with a Big Ten program. Read his daily notebooks ...
More Stories