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Evander Holyfield celebrates latest accolade

CHAMP: Four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield

EVANDER HOLYFIELD, boxing’s only four-time world heavyweight champion, has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and he punctuated the moment with a heartfelt speech that focused on the significant contributions to his long career made by his mother and his siblings.

“This Hall of Fame thing is all about the help I got from someone else,’’ said Holyfield.

His impressive career spanned more than three decades and included a bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics, undisputed cruiserweight and heavyweight title and two memorable fights against Mike Tyson and another against Riddick Bowe.

He had an amateur record of 160-14 with 75 knockouts and finished his professional career at 44 10-2 with 29 knockouts.

“My goal was to be the very best that I could be. I just didn’t know what it was.’’

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