Evander Holyfield (The Real Deal) is a 60-year old retired American professional boxer. He was born in Atmore, Alabama, U.S. on October 19, 1962. Holyfield made his professional boxing debut at the age of 22, on November 15, 1984. He is a former two-weight-class world champion. Holyfield was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2017.
In a professional boxing career spanning 26 years and five months, Evander Holyfield fought 57 times with 44 wins, 10 losses, and 2 draws. By his last professional fight on May 7, 2011, Holyfield's record stood at 44-10-2 (29 KO wins, 2 KO losses).
Following is a tabular list of Holyfield's fights. For a list with more details — like opponent record, opponent stats, including videos — refer to "All of Evander Holyfield's fights".
|Total Title Wins||11|
|Title-Fight KO Wins||9|
|Losses via KO||2|
|57||May 7, 2011||48||Brian Nielsen||Win||TKO10|
|56||Jan 22, 2011||48||Sherman Williams||NC||NC|
|55||Apr 10, 2010||47||Francois Botha||Win||TKO8|
|54||Dec 20, 2008||46||Nikolai Valuev||Loss *||MD|
|53||Oct 13, 2007||44||Sultan Ibragimov||Loss *||UD|
|52||Jun 30, 2007||44||Lou Savarese||Win||UD|
|51||Mar 17, 2007||44||Vinny Maddalone||Win||TKO3|
|50||Nov 10, 2006||44||Fres Oquendo||Win||UD|
|49||Aug 18, 2006||43||Jeremy Bates||Win||TKO2|
|48||Nov 13, 2004||42||Larry Donald||Loss||UD|
|47||Oct 4, 2003||40||James Toney||Loss||TKO9|
|46||Dec 14, 2002||40||Chris Byrd||Loss *||UD|
|45||Jun 1, 2002||39||Hasim Rahman||Win||TD|
|44||Dec 15, 2001||39||John Ruiz||Draw *||SD|
|43||Mar 3, 2001||38||John Ruiz||Loss *||UD|
|42||Aug 12, 2000||37||John Ruiz||Win *||UD|
|41||Nov 13, 1999||37||Lennox Lewis||Loss *||UD|
|40||Mar 13, 1999||36||Lennox Lewis||Draw *||SD|
|39||Sep 19, 1998||35||Vaughn Bean||Win *||UD|
|38||Nov 8, 1997||35||Michael Moorer||Win *||RTD8|
|37||Jun 28, 1997||34||Mike Tyson||Win *||DQ|
|36||Nov 9, 1996||34||Mike Tyson||Win *||TKO11|
|35||May 10, 1996||33||Bobby Czyz||Win||RTD5|
|34||Nov 4, 1995||33||Riddick Bowe||Loss||TKO8|
|33||May 20, 1995||32||Ray Mercer||Win||UD|
|32||Apr 22, 1994||31||Michael Moorer||Loss *||MD|
|31||Nov 6, 1993||31||Riddick Bowe||Win *||MD|
|30||Jun 26, 1993||30||Alex Stewart||Win||UD|
|29||Nov 13, 1992||30||Riddick Bowe||Loss *||UD|
|28||Jun 19, 1992||29||Larry Holmes||Win *||UD|
|27||Nov 23, 1991||29||Bert Cooper||Win *||TKO7|
|26||Apr 19, 1991||28||George Foreman||Win *||UD|
|25||Oct 25, 1990||28||Buster Douglas||Win *||KO3|
|24||Jun 1, 1990||27||Seamus McDonagh||Win||TKO4|
|23||Nov 4, 1989||27||Alex Stewart||Win||TKO8|
|22||Jul 15, 1989||26||Adílson Rodrigues||Win||KO2|
|21||Mar 11, 1989||26||Michael Dokes||Win||TKO10|
|20||Dec 9, 1988||26||Pinklon Thomas||Win||RTD7|
|19||Jul 15, 1988||25||James Tillis||Win||RTD5|
|18||Apr 9, 1988||25||Carlos de León||Win *||TKO8|
|17||Dec 5, 1987||25||Dwight Muhammad Qawi||Win *||KO4|
|16||Aug 15, 1987||24||Ossie Ocasio||Win *||TKO11|
|15||May 15, 1987||24||Ricky Parkey||Win *||TKO3|
|14||Feb 14, 1987||24||Henry Tillman||Win *||TKO7|
|13||Dec 8, 1986||24||Mike Brothers||Win||TKO3|
|12||Jul 12, 1986||23||Dwight Muhammad Qawi||Win *||SD|
|11||May 28, 1986||23||Terry Mims||Win||KO5|
|10||Apr 6, 1986||23||Jesse Shelby||Win||KO3|
|9||Mar 1, 1986||23||Chisanda Mutti||Win||TKO3|
|8||Dec 21, 1985||23||Anthony Davis||Win||TKO4|
|7||Oct 30, 1985||23||Jeff Meachem||Win||TKO5|
|6||Aug 29, 1985||22||Rick Myers||Win||TKO1|
|5||Jul 20, 1985||22||Tyrone Booze||Win||UD|
|4||Apr 20, 1985||22||Mark Rivera||Win||TKO2|
|3||Mar 13, 1985||22||Fred Brown||Win||TKO1|
|2||Jan 20, 1985||22||Eric Winbush||Win||UD|
|1||Nov 15, 1984||22||Lionel Byarm||Win||UD|
* World-title fight
Holyfield was a two-weight-division world champion. He has held 11 world titles, one of which was a vacant title win, and the rest 10 were lineal championship wins.
|Weight Division||World Titles Held|
|Heavyweight||WBA 4x, WBC, IBF 3x|
|Cruiserweight||WBA, WBC, IBF|
Evander Holyfield is 189 cm tall (6' 2.41") with a reach of 197 cm (6' 5.56"). He fights out of the orthodox stance and presents an ape-index of 8 cm (3.15").
Holyfield has a 51.8% KO rate. Of his total 29 KO wins, 14 were in the early rounds, 11 in the mid rounds, and four in the later rounds. He has two first-round KO wins.
Evander Holyfield's professional boxing career spanned more than 26 years — from 1984 to 2011.
Holyfield made his professional boxing debut against Lionel Byarm at the age of 22 on November 15, 1984, defeating Byarm via 6 round unanimous decision. He went on to win 27 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 22 wins via stoppage.
Holyfield had his first world title fight at the age of 23 on July 12, 1986 after 11 professional fights, against Dwight Muhammad Qawi for the cruiserweight WBA title. He defeated Qawi via 15 round split decision to become the cruiserweight champion of the world.
He was a two-time undisputed world champion — at heavyweight and cruiserweight, and a three-time unified world champion — at heavyweight (2x) and cruiserweight, and has won 11 world titles at two weight classes. For all the details about Holyfield's world title wins and defenses refer to "Evander Holyfield World Titles".
Some of Holyfield's best fights and notable victories include wins over five Hall-of-Famers (Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, Larry Holmes, George Foreman, and Dwight Muhammad Qawi), Carlos de León, Buster Douglas, and Michael Moorer.
Holyfield had a total of 10 losses in his professional boxing career.
His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Danish boxer Brian Nielsen on May 7, 2011. Holyfield won the fight via 10th round TKO. It's been 12 years, 4 months, and 26 days since this fight.
Holyfield fought a total of 57 times during his professional career, which includes 25 world-title fights at two weight divisions — heavyweight and cruiserweight. He was among the very best of his generation and put on some incredible performances in his fights. These nine fights are the highlight of his career.
July 12, 1986: Holyfield wins his first world title by defeating Dwight Muhammad Qawi via 15 round split decision. He is now the WBA cruiserweight world champion.
May 15, 1987: Holyfield becomes a unified cruiserweight world champion by beating Ricky Parkey via 3rd round TKO. He now holds the WBA and IBF cruiserweight world-champion belts.
December 5, 1987: Holyfield successfully defends the WBA and IBF cruiserweight titles against Dwight Muhammad Qawi, winning the fight via 4th round KO.
April 9, 1988: Holyfield becomes the undisputed cruiserweight world champion by defeating Carlos de León via 8th round TKO. He now holds the WBA, IBF, and WBC cruiserweight world-champion belts.
October 25, 1990: Holyfield becomes the undisputed heavyweight world champion by defeating Buster Douglas via 3rd round KO. He now holds the WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight world-champion belts.
June 19, 1992: Holyfield successfully defends the WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles against Larry Holmes, winning the fight via 12 round unanimous decision.
November 6, 1993: Holyfield becomes a unified heavyweight world champion by beating Riddick Bowe via 12 round majority decision. He now holds the WBA and IBF heavyweight world-champion belts.
November 9, 1996: Holyfield wins the WBA heavyweight title from Mike Tyson, by beating Tyson via 11th round TKO.
November 8, 1997: Holyfield becomes a unified heavyweight world champion by beating Michael Moorer via 8th round RTD. He now holds the WBA and IBF heavyweight world-champion belts.
Holyfield knocked out 29 of his 57 opponents. By his last fight, his KO ratio was at 51.8%. Of his total 44 wins, 29 of them were via KO (65.9%).
If you are interested in Holyfield's boxing career, you should definitely check out the following fights.