‘Real Deal’ Victory – Top Five Evander Holyfield Wins

One of the most memorable fighters of his time, Evander Holyfield managed to stay durable until his last fight in 2011. At 57, “The Real Deal” is looking to return to the sport as he will fight for charity.

Holyfield (44-10-2, 1 NC) showed a video fo him looking in shape, thanks to his new training partner in former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. The cruiserweight and heavyweight champion in Holyfield is looking to fight boxers his age, even Mike Tyson for a third time. He is hoping to recreate some magic and have one last run for his #Unite4OurFight charity.

With his comeback a hot topic, as well as if he were to face Tyson, it’s time to reflect on some of his top performances. FIGHT SPORTS presents the top five wins of Holyfield’s career.

Buster Douglas (1990)

Known as “The Moment Of Truth”, this would determine if Holyfield would be able to hang in the heavyweight division following a cruiserweight run. Winning the Continental Americas Heavyweight Title, Holyfield got the biggest chance of his career when he faced Buster Douglas, who just came off of an upset-win against Tyson.

It wasn’t a contest for the young Holyfield, as Douglas came into the fight at 246 pounds, 15 pounds heavier than the Tyson fight. Holyfield could easily see the telegraphed shots being thrown by Douglas and would take him down to the canvas in the third round. It would only take the third to end the fight and secure Holyfield as one of the top names in boxing.

Riddick Bowe II (1993) 

The second time is the charm.

Following his win over Buster Douglas, Holyfield lost the WBA, WBC, and IBF Heavyweight Titles to Bowe in 1992. Holyfield was the 7-5 favorite, but Bowe managed to outland him. The rematch would be Holyfield’s attempt at redemption. The two went on to punish one another in the ring for twelve rounds, with Holyfield controlling the middle rounds.

The fight was most famous for paraglider James Miller crashed into the ring. Following that, Holyfield would hit multiple combination shots and survive a late comeback to secure the second fight. It was the only loss of Bowe’s career.

Holyfield has mentioned that he would be interested in facing Bowe again if he was to come out of retirement.

Mike Tyson (1996)

The fight that started the rivalry that is still being talked about today.

Coming back from a 3+ year absence after being convicted, Tyson started 1995 how he left 1991. Winning four in a row, including the WBC and WBA Heavyweight Titles, a fight against the two seemed inevitable. In fact, it was attempted to be booked multiple times before.

The bout was as one-sided as it could get. Holyfield pushed Tyson back, managing to throw the power-puncher off of his game. Hitting hard combinations against the ropes, Holyfield kept Tyson on his back foot and neutered the man who was known as the attacker. Unable to adjust, Tyson was knocked down a few times and was in pain following multiple headbutts. The referee called the fight off, given Holyfield one of the biggest wins of his career. While the second bout is much more famous for other reasons, the first win will always feel special to Holyfield.

“When the fight was made, his team tried to make him mad, and they hoped I’d get scared,” Holyfield would tell The Ring. “But I was accustomed to being hit and I knew Mike wasn’t. I practiced hard and did what I was supposed to do.”

Michael Moorer II (1997)

Following the second fight in which Tyson bit Holyfield on the ear, Holyfield needed to find a way to take out his anger. He did so against a man who already beat him several fights before facing Tyson.

Michael Moorer beat Holyfield in 1994, a fight in which Holyfield suffered from a torn rotator cuff. The IBF Heavyweight Champion, Moorer managed to make it competitive in the first few rounds. However, Holyfield knocked him down to the canvas five times, and the referee would not let him take further damage in the eighth, ending the fight. Moorer would retire before coming back in 2000.

George Foreman (1991)

The former champion in Foreman retired in 1977, but came back in 1987 and went on a run for the ages. Starting at age 38, Foreman went on a 24-fight win streak and was once again back in title contention. Holyfield was rumored to face Tyson, but the fight against Foreman in 1991 was too big not to give up.

The fight was considered a lucrative success, as Holyfield would make $20 million, while Foreman took home $12.5 million. The fight went all twelve rounds with both fighters playing the aggressor. While he never went down, Holyfield was staggering following several big shots by Foreman in the seventh. The elder Foreman held his own against the young gun, and while he was denied a heavyweight title then, he would get his moment to shine not that long after.

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