Evander Holyfield

BGCA Hall of Fame Alumni Inductee
5X Heavyweight Champion

Evander is often referred to as "The Real Deal," Holyfield,
the only four-time world heavyweight champion. He grew up
in Atlanta, Georgia, and took boxing lessons as a child atEvander Holyfield
the local Boys & Girls Club.

In 1990, he became Heavyweight Champion of the
World, defeating James "Buster" Douglas, the holder
of the WBA, International Boxing Federation and World
Boxing Council championship titles. Holyfield took out
Douglas in only seven minutes. Holyfield's intense rivalry
with boxer Riddick Bowe began in the early 1990s when
he suffered a big defeat to Bowe in 1992, losing his title.
It was his first loss in twenty-nine professional fights.
He got his rematch with Bowe in 1993, winning by decision.

After overcoming health challenges, Evander Holyfield
returned to the ring and eventually fought one of the
most notorious boxers in history, Mike Tyson. Holyfield
beat Tyson in their first encounter in 1996, winning the
WBA championship.
Evander Holyfield, attributes much of his success to the support and encouragement he received as a child. As a way to give back to the community Mr. Holyfield created the Holyfield Foundation to help disadvantaged young people become healthy, successful and productive adults.


“I don’t know if I could
have been a champion if it
wasn’t for the Boys Club,
said Holyfield, who is one
of 16 million Boys & Girls
Clubs of America alumni.”

“Mayweather legacy a numbers
game: Holyfield” Reuters, Sept. 2015,
LAS VEGAS, Mark Lamport-Stokes