Former world Boxing Champion, Evander Holyfield, is currently in Nigeria for a fight between him and former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu tomorrow.
The fight is a Charity Rumble Fight where Lagos state governor Ambode is to act as judge. The Charity Rumble Fight is part of the activities organised to commemorate the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the creation of Lagos state.
Holyfield also known as “The Real Deal” competed from 1984 to 2011. He reigned as the undisputed champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, being the first and to date only boxer in history to do so.
Evander Holyfield promised that the Holyfield foundation would donate health facilities worth three million dollars to Lagos State.
Holyfield who announced the donation during a courtesy visit to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode at the State House in Alausa also said that the foundation would be established in the state.
The Lagos state governor promised to partner with the Evander Holyfield Foundation in nurturing “young stars and future boxers, as well as the issues relating to promotion of health and wellbeing of the people”
He is the only four-time world heavyweight champion, having held the WBA, WBC, IBF, and lineal titles from 1990 to 1992; the WBA, IBF, and lineal titles again from 1993 to 1994; the WBA title from 1996 to 1999; the IBF title from 1997 to 1999; and the WBA title for a fourth time from 2000 to 2001.
Holyfield won a 1997 rematch against Mike Tyson, which saw the latter disqualified in round three for biting Holyfield on his ears.
During this reign as champion, he also avenged his loss to Michael Moorer and reclaimed the IBF title.
In the year 2000, he defeated John Ruiz for the vacant WBA title, becoming the first boxer in history to win a version of the heavyweight title four times.
Holyfield retired in 2014, and is ranked number 77 on The Ring’s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. Boxing Scene also ranked him the greatest cruiserweight of all time.