Advantages In his prime he was magnificant
Disadvantages Should have retired 7 or so years ago
It's become biography week for me, so he's another, and yes another boxer, this time the real deal, the first undisputed Cruiserweight champion and one of the most contraversial fighters of the 90's (I know he was fighting in the 80's but the controversies seem more based in the 90's). One of the boxers that seem to split opinions more than any others, whether this is a good thing or not isn't up for debate as I welcome you to this article on "The Real Deal".
Holyfield is an olympic Bronze medalist (L.A. 1984) at the Light heavyweight division, a division that he never conquered in the professional ranks, due to being DQ's in the semi's in a fight against Kevin Barry of New Zealand. Wow my two articles of the day have both been screwed in the olympics, you learn something new everyday.
World champion I:
Evander won this on a split decision, a fight that both men thought they'd won and argueably the finest cruiserweight fight ever. Holyfield followed this up with 7 straight ko (or TKO victories) and picking up another belt for his travels against Ricky Parkey (IBF) and adding to it again with a win over Carlos De Leon for the WBC strap. The fight before the De Leon fight was a rematch with Qawi which no one could argue with, Holyfield winning by 4th round KO.
World Champion II:
25th of October 1990 he did what Tyson had failed to do and beat the man who dispelled the myth about "Iron Mike" by KO'ing James Buster Douglas in just 3 rounds. Wahts more remarkable about this is Douglas outweighed Holyfield by around 36 pounds (admittedly since the win over Tyson Douglas had bloated a fair bit). The win earned Holyfield the heavyweight titles from the WBA, WBC and IBF the same 3 titles Tyson held only 8 months earlier.
The first loss:
The next defence was against olympic silver medalist, Riddick Bowe and the start of one of the best heavyweight trilogies since the days of Marciano. Bowe won a unanamous decision over Holyfield and in the process ripped the belts away from Evander. He started his comeback with a win over Alex Stewart (no not the former English cricketer) before getting a rematch with Bowe.
Losing it all over again:
In the following fight he faced the undefeated Michael Moorer, who ended up winning a marjority decision (2 Judges felt Moorer had won, one thought they were even, as opposed to a split decision which is 2 think one guy has won, the other judge has the other man winning).
After this fight he was converted to christianity due to Benny Hinn who "cured" Evander of a heart defect or soemthing (it was never really clear to those in the know, so I have no chance).
Moorer then lost the titles to former Holyfield victim Foreman, whilst Holyfield went on to face Ray Mercer who he decked in the second (to the suprise of many, due to the fact Mercers chin was almost as solid as Geogre Chavulo's).
The comeback II:
The next fight for The Warrior was Bobby Cyzy another former Cruiserweight who had stepped up, and was TKO'd in 5 by Evander before he got the fight that was meant to happen years earlier.
Champion IV (heavyweight III):
The fight was a pretty dominant display by Holyfield before the 11th round TKO he scored over Tyson. Evander had again captured a World Heavyweight title and had set one of the highest PPV sales of any sporting event.
The rematch though (which broke the records for the first fight) is the bestter remembered of the two fights, but for all the wrong reasons.
In the third round Tyson had been pretty much getting his ass kicked by Evander, commited one of the worst acts seen in the sport of boxing (and lets be fair, the sport isn't known for it's integerity). Tyson bit off Evanders ears (yes both of them) and spat them both onto the canvas before Mills Lane DQ'ed Tyson. Tyson claimed it to be retaliation for the headbutts he'd recieved in this and the previous match, but none the less had his liscence revoked.
More controversy-The Lewis Fights:
As also written on my Lennox Lewis article, the two fought at "The Garden" on the 13th March 1999. Despite Lewis heavily dominating the fight the judges some how ruled a draw, the uproar from the crowd showed they hadn't agreed with the result, and neither had the sports writers there and then. Many asking how a unification fight for the WBA, WBC and IBF title could have such poor judging. 8 Months later a rematch was held, which was actually a lot closer than the first, and a lot closer than the scores show, though Lewis stripped Holyfield of his titles by a UD win.
Many said that Evander was as good as done, and should retire on top, but instead he faced Ruiz twice more, losing one and drawing the final one.The Chase for another title I:
Two more losses on the run make it a hatrick:
Evander then went on to face James Toney, himself a former Middle, Supermiddle weight, Light heavy (yes I include the WBU), Cruiserweight and heavyweight (yes I include IBA). Being TKO'd in the 9th with his corner throwing the towel in.
Next came Larry Donald, an opponent Evander in his prime would have had to carry for the fight to have lasted more than 6 rounds, Larry won by UD and follwing this the NYSAC (New York State Athletic Commitee) rovked his liscence, with other major states following.
After the popularity of this he seemed to regain his liscence, that he'd lost for "dimishing ability"...we must assume that dancing ability leads to boxing ability...then again watch Kostya's KO of Zab Judah to prove thats not the case.The comeback...again:
With the heavyweight seen as being in tatters by the American media and by the boxing fans who think America needs a world heavyweight champion Evander is bound to continue to try and take a belt off one of the champions, sadly I can't see him collecting a major belt (try the WBF perhaps?...they once aknowledged Audley Harrison as their title holder...). Sadly theirs too many big hitters for Evander to stay away from such as Wladimir Klitschko, Samuel Peter and even our own David Haye who could seriously hurt Evander, and his legacy is already being hurt by every fight he has. A prime Evander would beat most of the champions out that such as Ruslan Chagaev, Oleg Maskaev but with the up coming fights and their fresh legs I'd advise him to retire before his whole legacy is tainted.
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