Evander Holyfield is an American professional boxer. He is a former Undisputed World Champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, earning him the nickname "The Real Deal." After winning the bronze medal in the Light Heavyweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics, he debuted as a professional at the age of 21.
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, Michael Moorer, John Ruiz, Michael Dokes and Hasim Rahman. Holyfield is the only 4-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.
It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters. •Evander Holyfield The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers. •Deepak Chopra Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft. •Ovid Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. •Ralph Waldo Emerson A heart in love with beauty never grows old. •Turkish Proverb To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.