Evander Holyfield, the former Undisputed World Champion in cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, has confirmed his participation in the ‘Champions’ Night’ event to be hosted by the Donbass Arena on April 29.
“The iconic boxer has received a special invitation from our company back in March,” the president of Union Boxing Promotion Yuriy Ruban points out, “And only when we agreed on all organisational matters and received confirmation from the boxing legend, we can say with confidence that the Champion is coming to us shortly.”
Please note that this is the first visit to Ukraine by the 49-year-old Holyfield.
Evander Holyfield began his professional boxing career in November 1984. In 1986 he won his first title, that of the WBA Cruiserweight Champion, after defeating Dwight Muhammad Qawi. 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 (x2), Michael Moorer, John Ruiz, Michael Dokes and Hasim Rahman.
Holyfield is still an active boxer as of 2012 and has a professional record of 44 wins, 10 losses, 1 draw and 1 no contest. Hislast fight took place in May last year in Denmark, where he beat Brian Nelson by TKO in the 10th round. Holyfield is the only 4-time World Heavyweight Champion.