Evander Holyfield career timeline

"The Real Deal" 
  • Born: Oct. 19, 1962, Atmore, Ala

  • Nickname: "The Real Deal"

  • Youngest of nine siblings

  • Mother moved family to Atlanta, where Evander started boxing at age eight

  • DQ'd in one amateur tourney after biting opponent

  • Won silver medal in 1983 Pan-Am Games

  • Won '84 National Golden Gloves, scoring KO in each win

  • DQ'd in'84 Olympics for hitting opponent on break, won bronze

  • Pro debut: Nov. 15, 1984, 6-round decision over Lionel Byarm at Madison Square Garden, NY

  • Won WBA Cruiserweight (Jr. heavy) title in just 11th pro bout, beating Dwight Muhammad Qawi, 7/12/86

  • Added IBF Cruiserweight title with third-round TKO over Rickey Parkey, 5/15/87

  • Unified Cruiserweight title with 8th-round TKO of WBC titleholder Carlos DeLeon, 4/9/88

  • Moved up to heavyweight with 5-round KO of James "Quick" Tillis, 7/16/88

  • Won WBC Continental Americas heavy-weight title with 10-round TKO of former heavyweight champ Michael Dokes, 3/11/89

  • KO'd Buster Douglas in three to win world heavyweight title, 10/1/90

  • Defeated George Foreman, 4/19/91, in one of the most widely viewed PPV fights, 4/19/91, to defend title

  • Successfully defended versus Bert Cooper and Larry Holmes before losing title to Riddick Bowe, 11/13/92, in The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year"

  • Recaptured heavyweight title in rematch vs. Bowe, 11/6/93, in bout best remembered for 21-minute interruption by "Fan Man"

  • Lost belt to Michael Moorer, 4/22/94

  • Lost "rubber match" to Bowe, 11/4/95, stopped for 1st time in career in 8th round

  • Won WBA title, 11/9/96, in huge upset, stopping Mike Tyson in 11th round

  • Won return bout against Tyson, 6/28/97, on third-round DQ after Tyson bit off piece of Holyfield's ear

  • Defeated Moorer in return bout, stopping IBF champ in 8, 11/8/97

  • Received "gift" draw in bout with Lennox Lewis, 3/13/99

  • Defeated by Lewis in return bout, 11/13/99

  • Went 1-1-1 in three bouts with John Ruiz

  • Stopped by James Toney, 10/4/2003 and lost in lackluster performance to Larry Donald, 11/13/2004, in last fight of career

  • Complete record: 52 bouts, 42 wins, 8 losses, 2 draws, 27 knockouts.

    From "Boxing's Greatest Fights,"

    copyright 2006, Lyons Press