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Evander Holyfield's gridiron admission

RING MASTER: Evander Holyfield

BOXING LEGEND Evander Holyfield has revealed that American Football was actually his first love. The former cruiserweight and heavyweight icon won 54 professional fights, beat Mike Tyson twice and is the only four-time heavyweight champion in boxing history.

Known as 'The Real Deal' during his pomp, Holyfield told TMZ Sports that boxing was actually his second choice for athletic greatness as a child, with his real passion lying on the gridiron.

Holyfield's son, Elijah, has done the opposite to his famous father and chosen football over the sweet science and Holyfield Sr says he might have done the same at his age, except the coaches told him that he was too small.

After winning the bronze medal in the light- heavyweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics, Holyfield debuted as a professional at the age of 21. Holyfield moved to the cruiserweight division in 1985 and won his first title the following year, when he defeated Dwight Muhammad Qawi for the WBA cruiserweight belt.

Holyfield then went on to defeat Ricky Parkey and Carlos De Leon to win the IBF and WBC titles, becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion. Holyfield moved up to heavyweight in 1988, defeating Buster Douglas for the WBC, WBA and IBF titles in 1990.

The popular American went on to regain the heavyweight title on three further occasions and holds notable victories over fighters such as George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, Michael Moorer, John Ruiz, Michael Dokes and Hasim Rahman.

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