Evan Holyfield trains for his own boxing dreams

Every afternoon at a small gym in Atlanta, aspiring fighters of all ages train, sweat and spar for a chance at their dream as a prize fighter.

Former professional fighter Terri Moss says that to become a professional fighter or serious amateur, you have to have a lot of heart and determination.

“You just have to give your life up to boxing like any other professional athlete, you have to be willing to put everything else aside for that,” Moss said.

That’s what 16-year-old Evan Holyfield is determined to do. He says his boxing career actually started when he was 8 years old.

“I just saw my father boxing and he just threw me in,” said Holyfield.

Evan is the son of former boxing world champion Evander Holyfield. The 16-year-old’s coach, Byron Oglesby, says that Evan did inherit his dad’s talent.

“Evan is very talented as well, and has a lot of great attributes,” said Oglesby.

Oglesby says Evan Holyfield has the combination of work ethic and ability. But there is one area that he needs a lot of work in, and that is getting mean. He simply needs more grit. But coaches say he will develop that over time.

At this stage, Evan Holyfield gets his experience in sparring matches and amateur fights. Thursday, May 22, he will be the featured fighter at Atlanta Corporate Fight Night. ACFN will feature the glamour of red carpets and celebrity sightings, as well as competitive matches.

Moss said she came up with the idea for these fights in 2010 because she says that many people have the dream of being a prize fighter. So with ACFN, even amateurs can get that experience.

Evander Holyfield lived the dream five times as the Heavyweight Champion of the World, which is the most titles held by anyone. Evan Holyfield hopes to fulfill the grand expectations of his father’s legacy, and he’s starting by training every day after school.

Atlanta Corporate Fight Night 8 is Thursday, May 22 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill at 7 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

For more information, visit www.corporatefightnight.com.

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  1. dr. Loranza Meadows July 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    It is good to see a young willing to work hard and pursue his dreams.
    You come from a good stock evander your dad.
    I pray you reach goals by putting God first evan.

  2. John Wilkinson November 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Evander the Senior has left both a remarkable as well as an incredible legacy. I remember when he was defeating Foreman & -the other “old guy”- IT DIDN’T LOOK THEN/as if he would develop into something “special”. BUT WHAT THAT MAN BROUGHT WAS AN INCREDIBLE DETERMINATION.
    In his very early fights around ’5′ my team mate Tyrone Booze fought Evander and gave him “a good match”. & Tyrone – later – WON Evander’s Ex 190LB title. Then, come Oct /1991 on undercard of Pazienza/Dele I met Evander’s then stable mate, Frank Savannah (a top rated amateur nationally, from 165 lbs. I fought at 156 as amateur & we met at the 160lb./pro. That was my 8TH bout & Frank,s 2ND)
    If his CHILD will ‘BOX’ he maybe become a “target”/so…..he better be HARD & DISCIPLINED! The name WILL HELP HIM A LOT; only thing……don’t expect even > half < GUYS-YOU-FACE to be "Psyched out"/ but…..some will! DON'T BE GETTING "SCARED" YOUR-SELF NOW! : ) "GOOD LUCK!"

  3. Gracyn January 24, 2015 at 4:34 am

    When you think about it, that’s got to be the right answer.

  4. Jay Winters May 18, 2015 at 7:56 pm


    Your Dad is my hero. I lost my Dad. When I was 23. He died from stress: cortisol, the stress hormone damages arteries walks and causes. Heart disease. Dad went from being star full back in high school to military. When the street scraper from a broken home- my dad- took on The Golden Gloves champion in the military. Dad busted his jaw and put a beating on him so bad (lost on points) that they chose him for Specail Forces. He was 1 of 4 survivors out of a group of 16 hand picked men to follow the KGB. It was all hand to hand covert combat. Dad died of stress. He was only 38 when he had to have heart surgery. The fourth person in America ever to have open heart. Dad killed KGB and fought them all over Germany. I regret he never got to see your Dad with me, but he seen your Dad from Heaven. Listen to your Dad, Evan. Do exactly what he say. Never give him any grief. You do not know better than Dad. Listen listesten he knows more.

    Jay Winters

  5. Edgar Gonzalez May 23, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    The best heavyweight champion there has ever been. I am a big fan of yours.

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