October 23rd, 2012 by faye
Less than two weeks after saying he is retiring from the world of boxing, former Undisputed World Champion Evander Holyfield changed his tune and now says he is unretiring from the sport.
According to reports, 50-year-old Evander Holyfield was leaving Boa in Hollywood this weekend when he made it clear to media outlet TMZ that he was just confused when he said he would already be retiring earlier this month. Now, Holyfield says he will go back to the ring and fight once again.
Evander Holyfield says he still believes he is a serious contender for the title.
When the famous boxer was asked how many more years he has left in the world of boxing, Evander responded, “I don’t know … one day at a time.”
Holyfield is known to be a former Undisputed World Champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight boxing divisions, earning him the nickname “The Real Deal.” After bringing home the bronze medal in the Light Heavyweight division during the 1984 Summer Olympics, he debuted as a professional boxer at the age of 21.
In 1985, Evander Holyfield moved to the cruiserweight division and won his first title the following year, when he defeated Dwight Muhammad Qawi for the WBA Cruiserweight belt. He would then go on to defeat Ricky Parkey and Carlos De Leon to win the Lineal, IBF and WBC titles, becoming the Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion. Holyfield then moved up to heavyweight in 1988, defeating Buster Douglas for the The Ring, Lineal, WBC, WBA and IBF titles in 1990.
Evander Holyfield holds other notable victories over boxing fighters such as; George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, Mike Tyson (x2), Michael Moorer, John Ruiz, Michael Dokes and Hasim Rahman. He is the only four-time World Heavyweight Champion, winning the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles in 1990, the WBA and IBF titles in 1993 and the WBA title in 1996 and 2000.
September 17th, 2012 by faye
Former Undisputed World Champion Evander Holyfield is in trouble with the law once again after he was held in contempt of court for allegedly failing to pay more than $500,000 in back child support.
According to reports, the Georgia Department of Human Services has filed a lawsuit against the 49-year-old retired professional boxer on behalf of his 18-year-old daughter, Emani Holyfield, whom he had originally owed almost $372,097.40 ion child support.
However, the court documents stated that the amount has blown up to $563,900.91. After he was held in contempt by a Georgia judge, Evander Holyfield was immediately ordered to start forking over $2,950 a month in child support.
In response to the court order, Holyfield coughed up $17,700 up front, which reduces his total debt to $546,201. However, this is not the end of the former boxer’s child support troubles. The Georgia judge also ordered that a percentage of Holyfield’s income be earmarked tp pay down his debt.
This is the latest addition to Evander Holyfield’s series of financial problems and public relations tragedies that have been plaguing the former boxer, who is infamously known for having a portion of his ear chomped off by Mike Tyson during their 1997 “Bite Fight.”
The boxer’s troubles began back in 1999 when his wife of two years, Janice, filed for divorce after the heavyweight champion publicly admitted to fathering two children out of wedlock. All in all, Evander Holyfield — who has been divorced three times — has a dozen children from six different women, including a son from Janice.
Back in 2008, Evander Holyfield, who has accumulated a fortune worth nearly $250 million over his storied career, declared bankruptcy in Georgia. Two years later, Janice Holyfield filed court documents in a Texas court seeking to collect almost $280,000 in back child support and interest from her former husband.
Last July, the legendary fighter, known in the boxing world with the nickname “The Real Deal,” was thrown out of his 54,000-square foot, 109-room mansion south of Atlanta after he had failed to reach a deal with JP Morgan Chase, which foreclosed on the property and sold it at an auction for $7.5million. The Florida Times-Union reported that Evander Holyfield was unable to produce about $14 million in mortgage payments he owed the bank.
August 13th, 2012 by faye
Boxing legend Evander Holyfield has just finalized his divorce from wife, Candi Holyfield — two years after the papers were originally filed.
As previous reports have stated, Candi Holyfield wanted to put an end to her marriage with Evander Holyfield back in June 2010. That same year, she also attempted to obtain a restraining order against the boxer, over allegations that Evander had hit her in the face, head and back — an attempt that she subsequently dropped a while later, even agreeing to attend counselling sessions with her husband. However, the marriage could not be saved anymore.
The divorce of the former couple was finalised last month at the Georgia Superior Court after they reached an agreement on issues regarding alimony, child support, custody and property division.
The finalization of the divorce comes just weeks after the $14 million Georgia mansion of Evander Holyfield has been foreclosed on earlier this year due to missed mortgage payments, forcing him to move out of the house. Meanwhile, his former wife Candi Holyfield filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy back in May.
The boxing legend has been spotted enjoying his single life since his divorce — he was seen attending the boxing events at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Evander Holyfield won a bronze medal in the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Holyfield moved to the cruiserweight division in 1985 and won his first title the following year, when he defeated Dwight Muhammad Qawi for the WBA Cruiserweight belt. He would then go on to defeat Ricky Parkey and Carlos De Leon to win the “Lineal,” IBF and WBC titles, becoming the Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion. Holyfield moved up to heavyweight in 1988, defeating Buster Douglas for the The Ring, Lineal, WBC, WBA and IBF titles in 1990.
Evander Holyfield holds other notable victories over fighters such as George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, Mike Tyson (x2), Michael Moorer, John Ruiz, Michael Dokes and Hasim Rahman. Evander Holyfield is the only four-time World Heavyweight Champion, winning the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles in 1990, the WBA and IBF titles in 1993 and the WBA title in 1996 and 2000.
July 12th, 2012 by faye
Professional boxer Evander Holyfield is finally moving out of his Georgia mansion that has been foreclosed after he failed to strike a deal with the bank.
As previous reports have stated, former heavyweight champion Holyfield owed more than $14 million on his 54,000 square foot Georgia mansion, which was sold at a foreclosure auction recently for $7.5 million.
After the sale of the boxer’s house, the bank that purchased the home allowed Evander Holyfield to continue to live at the mansion but for a temporary time only. However, judging from the moving trucks lined up at his front door, it seems that he has finally worn out his welcome, TMZ reports.
Aside from the foreclosure of his Georgia mansion, Evander Holyfield seems to have some other major financial problem. It was also reported that Holyfield owes a lot of money in unpaid federal taxes, and he is also embroiled in child support payments.
June 5th, 2012 by faye
American professional boxer Evander Holyfield might serve some time in prison if he does not pay back more than $300,000 in child support.
Reports stated that the GA. Department of Human Services went to court on behalf of one of his eleven children, 18-year old Emani Holyfield, the boxer’s daughter. They claim that Evander failed to pay child support ordered by the court since April of 2010, which makes his unpaid child support amount to $372, 097.40.
The Department of Human Services finally asked the help of a judge to act on Holyfield’s child support case, and now, if the professional boxer still does not settle the unpaid child support, he could be on his way to jail based on the charges against him.
The rep of Evander Holyfield, on the other hand, said that she was unaware of the situation. Nevertheless, she added, “Mr. Holyfield has a wonderful relationship with his daughter.”
This is not the first time Holyfield had issues with his finances. A few years ago, he declared bankruptcy and had his exuberant property foreclosed on twice. During his boxing career of 27 years, Evander Holyfield garnered hundreds of millions of dollars, which includes huge sums for his fight against Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson.
Evander Holyfield, also known as “The Real Deal” had his latest fight with Brian Nielson back in April 2011, where he stopped Nielson using strikes during the tenth round. Holyfield holds an overall record of 44 wins, ten losses, and two draws.