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