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Evander Holyfield Record

Total Fights57
Title Wins11
Title Defenses11
Title-Fight KOs9
KO Wins29
KO Losses2
Evander Holyfield Record & Stats
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      What is Evander Holyfield's boxing 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.

      Holyfield retired from professional boxing with a record of 44-10-2, which included 11 world-title wins and 11 successful title defense fights at two weight classes — cruiserweight and heavyweight. He had a 51.8% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 29 of his total 57 fights being knockout wins, nine of which were in title fights. Holyfield suffered two knockout losses, both of which were in non-title fights.

      His last fight was a 10th round TKO victory over Brian Nielsen on May 7, 2011.

      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.

      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

      Boxing career

      Evander Holyfield (The Real Deal) is a 61-year old retired American professional boxer. He was born in Atmore, Alabama, U.S. on October 19, 1962. He is a former two-weight-class world champion. Holyfield was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2017. His 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.

      He 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.

      Evander Holyfield 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 the "Championships" section below.

      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, 11 months, and 16 days since this fight.


      Holyfield had a total of 25 world-title fights, which includes winning 11 world titles and 12 successful title defenses. He won 16 of these fights, lost seven, and drew in two.

      Title Wins

      Evander Holyfield fought for world titles in 14 fights and won eight of these fights, five of these victories coming via way of stoppage. In total, he won 11 belts across two weight classes.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Aug 12, 2000John RuizHeavyweightWBA*UD
      Nov 8, 1997^Michael MoorerHeavyweightIBFRTD
      Nov 9, 1996Mike TysonHeavyweightWBATKO
      Nov 6, 1993^Riddick BoweHeavyweightWBA, IBFMD
      Oct 25, 1990+Buster DouglasHeavyweightWBA, WBC, IBFKO
      Apr 9, 1988+Carlos de LeónCruiserweightWBCTKO
      May 15, 1987^Ricky ParkeyCruiserweightIBFTKO
      Jul 12, 1986Dwight Muhammad QawiCruiserweightWBASD
      + Became undisputed world champion
      ^ Became unified world champion
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Evander Holyfield had 16 world-title defense fights across two weight classes — cruiserweight (x5) and heavyweight (x11). He won 12 of them and lost four times.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Mar 13, 1999Lennox LewisHeavyweightWBA, IBFSD (draw)
      Sep 19, 1998Vaughn BeanHeavyweightWBA, IBFUD
      Nov 8, 1997^Michael MoorerHeavyweightWBARTD
      Jun 28, 1997Mike TysonHeavyweightWBADQ
      Jun 19, 1992Larry HolmesHeavyweightWBA, WBC, IBFUD
      Nov 23, 1991Bert CooperHeavyweightWBA, WBC, IBFTKO
      Apr 19, 1991George ForemanHeavyweightWBA, WBC, IBFUD
      Apr 9, 1988+Carlos de LeónCruiserweightWBA, IBFTKO
      Dec 5, 1987Dwight Muhammad QawiCruiserweightWBA, IBFKO
      Aug 15, 1987Ossie OcasioCruiserweightWBA, IBFTKO
      May 15, 1987^Ricky ParkeyCruiserweightWBATKO
      Feb 14, 1987Henry TillmanCruiserweightWBATKO
      + Became undisputed world champion
      ^ Became unified world champion

      Title Losses

      Evander Holyfield lost four world-title defense fights, and lost a total of eight titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Mar 3, 2001John RuizHeavyweightWBAUD
      Nov 13, 1999Lennox LewisHeavyweightWBA, IBFUD
      Apr 22, 1994Michael MoorerHeavyweightWBA, IBFMD
      Nov 13, 1992Riddick BoweHeavyweightWBA, WBC, IBFUD


      Holyfield fought a total of 57 times during his professional career, which includes 25 world-title fights at two weight divisions. He was among the very best of his generation and put on some incredible performances in his fights. These 10 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.

      • August 12, 2000: Holyfield wins the WBA heavyweight title from John Ruiz, by beating Ruiz via 12 round unanimous decision.


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