Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy 50th, Mr. H

Mr. Evander Holyfield, four-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world.

Holyfield was cruiserweight champion in 1988 when he moved up to heavyweight to defeat Buster Douglas for the championship.  He has defeated such boxing greats as George Foreman; Larry Holmes; Mike Tyson, who bit off part of Evander’s ear, thereby losing to Holyfield for the second time; Riddick Bowes; and a bunch of other top-tier fighters.

Holyfield is a very popular public figure and has appeared in numerous TV programs and has played minor roles in several films.

Happy birthday, Mr. Holyfield!
Image: Wikipedia

While I am not a great fan of the sport, I recall the first fight I listened to on the radio was between challenger Billy Conn and Champion Joe Louis.  Louis won by KO in the eighth round.  Five years earlier in his first challenge against Louis, Conn outboxed him for 12 rounds and in the 13th managed to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory.


Shelly said...

Happy birthday to Evander- and hoping this stage of his life is filled with productive endeavors, unlike some of his peers.

Secondary Roads said...

I still remember the shock and disbelief that resulted when Tyson removed part of Evander's ear. A group of men from church were gathered to watch the match on TV.

vanilla said...

Shelly, certainly not all pugilists are good role models.

Chuck, quite the astounding event.

Sharkbytes said...

I used to watch boxing with my dad all the time. Not so much after I grew up.