The Real Deal!

Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield took boxing lessons as a child at his local Boys & Girls Club.

Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield took boxing lessons as a child at his local Boys & Girls Club.

We are thrilled to announce that Boys & Girls Club Alumnus, bronze medal Olympian, and Heavyweight Champion of the World Evander Holyfield will be joining us at A Chair Affair 2018 on Saturday! Guests will have the opportunity to meet The Great One, and Holyfield will deliver a special message during our event. Limited tickets remain, get yours today.


Born on October 19, 1962, in Atmore, Alabama, Evander is often referred to as "the Real Deal," Holyfield, the only four-time world heavyweight champion. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and took boxing lessons as a child at the local Boys and Girls club. He competed as an amateur in the Golden Gloves competitions in the early 1980s. After winning a national Golden Gloves Championship in 1984, Holyfield made the U.S. Olympic team where he received the bronze medal.

After the Olympics, Holyfield turned professional and won the World Boxing Association's (WBA) World Cruiserweight title in 1986 by defeating the reigning champion Dwight Qawi. Holyfield trained hard to become big enough and strong enough to compete as a heavyweight fighter. In 1990, he became Heavyweight Champion of the World, defeating James "Buster" Douglas, the holder of the WBA, International Boxing Federation (IBF), and World Boxing Council (WBC) championship titles. Holyfield took out Douglas in only seven minutes.

Holyfield's intense rivalry with boxer Riddick Bowe began in the early 1990s when he suffered a big defeat to Bowe in 1992, losing his title. It was his first loss in twenty-nine professional fights. After briefly contemplating retirement, Holyfield was back in the ring and anxious to reclaim his title. He did just that when he got his rematch with Bowe in 1993, winning by decision.

After overcoming health challenges, Evander Holyfield returned to the ring and eventually fought one of the most notorious boxers in history, Mike Tyson. Holyfield beat Tyson in their first encounter in 1996, winning the WBA championship.

Evander Holyfield, attributes much of his success to the support and encouragement he received as a child. As a way to give back to the community Mr. Holyfield created the Holyfield Foundation to help disadvantaged young people become healthy, successful and productive adults. The Holyfield Foundation strives to strengthen the lives of youth and their families by establishing and funding programs dedicated to their athletic, academic and spiritual development.

Posted on February 19, 2018 .