Evander Holyfield Record & Stats

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Atmore, Alabama, U.S.
“The Real Deal”
Oct 19, 1962
Nov 15, 1984
Title Fights
29 (51.8%)
189 cm
197 cm
Ape Index
8 cm
Last Fight
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      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.

      Evander Holyfield Record

      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 Fights57
      KO Wins29
      Total Title Wins11
      Title Defenses11
      Title-Fight KO Wins9
      Losses via KO2
      57May 7, 201148Brian NielsenWinTKO10
      56Jan 22, 201148Sherman WilliamsNCNC
      55Apr 10, 201047Francois BothaWinTKO8
      54Dec 20, 200846Nikolai ValuevLoss *MD
      53Oct 13, 200744Sultan IbragimovLoss *UD
      52Jun 30, 200744Lou SavareseWinUD
      51Mar 17, 200744Vinny MaddaloneWinTKO3
      50Nov 10, 200644Fres OquendoWinUD
      49Aug 18, 200643Jeremy BatesWinTKO2
      48Nov 13, 200442Larry DonaldLossUD
      47Oct 4, 200340James ToneyLossTKO9
      46Dec 14, 200240Chris ByrdLoss *UD
      45Jun 1, 200239Hasim RahmanWinTD
      44Dec 15, 200139John RuizDraw *SD
      43Mar 3, 200138John RuizLoss *UD
      42Aug 12, 200037John RuizWin *UD
      41Nov 13, 199937Lennox LewisLoss *UD
      40Mar 13, 199936Lennox LewisDraw *SD
      39Sep 19, 199835Vaughn BeanWin *UD
      38Nov 8, 199735Michael MoorerWin *RTD8
      37Jun 28, 199734Mike TysonWin *DQ
      36Nov 9, 199634Mike TysonWin *TKO11
      35May 10, 199633Bobby CzyzWinRTD5
      34Nov 4, 199533Riddick BoweLossTKO8
      33May 20, 199532Ray MercerWinUD
      32Apr 22, 199431Michael MoorerLoss *MD
      31Nov 6, 199331Riddick BoweWin *MD
      30Jun 26, 199330Alex StewartWinUD
      29Nov 13, 199230Riddick BoweLoss *UD
      28Jun 19, 199229Larry HolmesWin *UD
      27Nov 23, 199129Bert CooperWin *TKO7
      26Apr 19, 199128George ForemanWin *UD
      25Oct 25, 199028Buster DouglasWin *KO3
      24Jun 1, 199027Seamus McDonaghWinTKO4
      23Nov 4, 198927Alex StewartWinTKO8
      22Jul 15, 198926Adílson RodriguesWinKO2
      21Mar 11, 198926Michael DokesWinTKO10
      20Dec 9, 198826Pinklon ThomasWinRTD7
      19Jul 15, 198825James TillisWinRTD5
      18Apr 9, 198825Carlos de LeónWin *TKO8
      17Dec 5, 198725Dwight Muhammad QawiWin *KO4
      16Aug 15, 198724Ossie OcasioWin *TKO11
      15May 15, 198724Ricky ParkeyWin *TKO3
      14Feb 14, 198724Henry TillmanWin *TKO7
      13Dec 8, 198624Mike BrothersWinTKO3
      12Jul 12, 198623Dwight Muhammad QawiWin *SD
      11May 28, 198623Terry MimsWinKO5
      10Apr 6, 198623Jesse ShelbyWinKO3
      9Mar 1, 198623Chisanda MuttiWinTKO3
      8Dec 21, 198523Anthony DavisWinTKO4
      7Oct 30, 198523Jeff MeachemWinTKO5
      6Aug 29, 198522Rick MyersWinTKO1
      5Jul 20, 198522Tyrone BoozeWinUD
      4Apr 20, 198522Mark RiveraWinTKO2
      3Mar 13, 198522Fred BrownWinTKO1
      2Jan 20, 198522Eric WinbushWinUD
      1Nov 15, 198422Lionel ByarmWinUD

      * World-title fight

      World Titles

      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 DivisionWorld Titles Held
      HeavyweightWBA 4x, WBC, IBF 3x
      CruiserweightWBA, 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.

      Career Summary

      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.

      Career Highlights

      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.


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      Fight Recommendations

      If you are interested in Holyfield's boxing career, you should definitely check out the following fights.

      1. Evander Holyfield defeats Carlos de León via 8th round TKO
      2. Evander Holyfield defeats Dwight Muhammad Qawi via 4th round KO in their 2nd fight
      3. Evander Holyfield defeats Buster Douglas via 3rd round KO
      4. Evander Holyfield defeats Riddick Bowe via 12-round majority decision in their 2nd fight
      5. Evander Holyfield defeats Mike Tyson via 11th round TKO
      6. Evander Holyfield defeats Michael Moorer via 8th round RTD in their 2nd fight
      7. Evander Holyfield defeats Larry Holmes via 12-round unanimous decision
      8. Evander Holyfield defeats Dwight Muhammad Qawi via 15-round split decision
      9. Evander Holyfield draws with Lennox Lewis
      10. Evander Holyfield loses to Michael Moorer via 12-round majority decision
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