Evander Holyfield Set to Retire on 50th Birthday

Written by Lee Cleveland at Oct 13, 2012 - 03:30PM ET in News
Evander Holyfield (44-10-2-1NC, 29 KO's), one of the greatest heavyweights ever and undoubtedly one of the most exciting, will likely hang 'em up October 19.

According to 8CN, the former 4 time heavyweight world champion will officially retire on his 50th birthday if neither Klitschko brother gives him the opportunity he desires so much... One more shot at a heavyweight title.

Having fallen on hard times financially, the boxing legend insists he's ran out of time and, at this stage of his life, refuses to claw his way thru the heavyweight ranks again.

The champ was hoping to secure at least one more opportunity to resuscitate his career and help pay off some of his debt.

Yesterday, Holyfield told 8CN:

"Well right now it looks kind dim. No one wants to fight and I'm not willing to go back through the ranks. I don't think that I have enough time to go back to prove something. I put it out there that I would fight the champions, and would retire anyway, but if I don't get the call by Friday I will walk away from the game."


Financial Issues
In June, TMZ reported that Holyfield's large mansion was sold for $7.5 Million USD. But unfortunately, the former champ apparently didn't see much of that money because his home was foreclosed. The fight legend owed more than $14 Million USD on it, according to the documents, and still owes close to half of that amount following the foreclosure and auction.

Most Recent Bout
In his most recent bout in May 2011, Holyfield outworked Brian Nielsen in route to a fairly impressive 10th round stoppage. And despite his age, the 49 year old Holyfield had been active and relatively successful since 2006 and prior to his period of inactivity after the Nielsen bout last May.

Still Effective?
And don't compare the 'Real Deal' to Roy Jones. Unlike Roy, Holyfield hasn't been stopped inside the distance in 9 years and has arguably lost only once in the last seven.

Since 2006, Evander is 6-2-0-1NC with 3 KOs. His only loses were via decision to then WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov (then 21-0-1) in 2007 and a year later to Nikolay Valuev who was the reigning WBA heavyweight champion at that time.

Holyfield was competitive is losing to Ibragimov and, by most accounts, badly robbed in his majority decision loss to Valuev.

Considering they've fought opponents like Jean Marc Mormeck and Manuel Charr already this year, was Evander Holyfield really a stretch for the Klitchkos?  I'd favor the aging legend over both Mormeck and Charr in head-to-head match-ups.


The consummate professional in the ring, Evander Holyfield is a boxing legend who brought nothing but courage, decency and honor to his craft.


Evander Holyfield Awards & Recognition

  • Was the first undisputed world Cruiserweight Champion
  • Was the first 4-time Heavyweight Champion.
  • Defeated Mike Tyson twice.
  • The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year for 1987, 1996, & 1997.
  • Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year for 1990, 1996, & 1997
  • First fight with Riddick Bowe was The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year for 1992, and the 10th round was the Round of the Year.
  • First fight with Mike Tyson was The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year and Upset of the Year for 1996.
  • Second fight with Mike Tyson was The Ring Magazine Event of the Year for 1997.
  • Inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
  • The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year for 1987, 1996, & 1997.
  • Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year for 1990, 1996, & 1997
  • First fight with Riddick Bowe was The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year for 1992, and the 10th round was the Round of the Year.
  • First fight with Mike Tyson was The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year and Upset of the Year for 1996.

Most Impressive Wins
  • TD 8 Hasim Rahman - 2002
  • TKO Michael Moorer - 1998
  • TKO 11 Mike Tyson -1996
  • MD 12 Riddick Bowe - 1993
  • UD 10 Ray Mercer -1993
  • UD 12 George Foreman - 1991
  • KO 3 Buster Douglas - 1990
  • TKO 8 Alex Stuart - 1989
  • TKO 10 Michael Dokes - 1989
  • KO 4 Dwight M. Qawi-1987
  • SD 15 Dwight M. Qawi-1986
    Evander Holyfield Highlights

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