Evander Holyfield's resume includes a bronze medal at the 1984 Olympics and victories over all-time greats like Mike Tyson (twice), Riddick Bowe, George Foreman and Larry Holmes. He is the only four-time heavyweight champion in history. A little more than a decade ago, he was one of the 10 most famous athletes on the planet.
A high school gym erupts with cheers as the announcer introduces the women fighting to be the nation's top amateur boxers. Names like Esparza, Cruz and Estrada sound out over the PA system, as young Latinas with impressively defined arms take to the ring.
Nick Charles looks into the camera, as he's done thousands of times before. Except he's not calling a boxing match for sports fans around the world.
1. Boxing will finally get Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. It has been derailed by everything from drug testing to legal issues, but in 2011 the world will get the one fight everyone wants to see. While Pacquiao is training for his May 7 date with Shane Mosley, Mayweather will settle (or at least put off) his legal problems, making both available for a November fight. The hype for the showdown between boxing's top two will be unprecedented and more than 100,000 fans will buy tickets at Cowboys Stadium. Mayweather-Pacquiao will shatter the pay-per-view record, exceeding 2.5 million buys and finishing as the most-watched boxing event in history.
The boxing landscape is littered with fighters who have stayed too long at the fair. Evander Holyfield. Roy Jones. James Toney. Father Time has caught up with each of them, robbing them of their reflexes and making each absorbed punch more damaging than the last.
Two years ago, Samuel Peter's boxing career flatlined on a stool in Berlin. His reign as WBC heavyweight champion was over, with Vitali Klitschko having battered the bulky Nigerian for eight rounds until Peter could no longer summon the strength to continue.
Floyd Mayweather will cement his position as the most bankable boxer in the world in Saturday night's non-title welterweight fight against fellow American Shane Mosley in Las Vegas.
At the age of 47, boxing legend Evander Holyfield is still hoping to become the world heavyweight champion for a record fifth time.
Briton David Haye has made a successful first defence of his WBA world heavyweight title after stopping challenger John Ruiz in Manchester, England on Saturday night.
Tim May covered Buster Douglas' upset of Mike Tyson for the Columbus Dispatch, where he's worked since 1976.
Candi Holyfield, the wife of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, has filed for a temporary protective order against her husband, according to court records.
The discussion of late has revolved around mixed martial arts' rise has hurt boxing. But let's be clear: boxing has done a heck of a job hurting itself with corrupt rankings, meaningless titles and a noticeable lack of quality fights.
Former professional boxer Vernon Forrest's manager spoke with WXIA's Jennifer Leslie about the fighter's death.
Vernon "the Viper" Forrest was competitive, not merely in his title bouts as a boxing champion but in video games and card games as well, friends say.
In a south Atlanta neighborhood lined with palatial homes and manicured lots, the Hicks family was living out its American dream.
The 4-year-old daughter of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson died Tuesday, a day after she was injured in a treadmill accident at her home, police in Phoenix, Arizona, said.
Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter dies after a treadmill accident. In a CNN exclusive, Larry King has more.
The four-year-old daughter of boxing legend Mike Tyson was in "extremely critical condition" after she was injured in a treadmill accident at her home in Phoenix, Arizona, police said.
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Super Bowl party scene in Tampa lived up to expectations this year, which isn't really that impressive considering most expected it to be a down year, devoid of the over-the-top parties that had come to define the week in years past with Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Victoria's Secret and CAA all canceling their annual super shindigs in a down economy. With so many household names bowing out of the party scene this year it opened the door for a few new names and a surprising winner for this year's best Super Bowl party.
SI.com's Bryan Armen Graham brings you blow-by-blow, round-by-round thoughts on the WBA heavyweight title bout between Evander Holyfield and Nikolai Valuev.
"As the most representative organization of Professional Boxing, where the right application of the fundamental principles of ethics, moral, loyalty, honesty and good faith can be found, considered as the main values, which orientates all legitimate activity of the Professional Boxing Worldwide." -- WBA Mission Statement
Evander Holyfield failed in his bid to become the oldest heavyweight champion when he lost on points to giant Russian Nikolai Valuev in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday.
In the five years I have spent covering boxing, I have had a few of what I like to call "cringe moments." I cringed when greedy promoters paraded a battered and broken Mike Tyson into the ring for fight after fight, even though he was little more than a shell of his former self. And he had a history of biting people.
In a controversial battle July 16, James Toney defeated Hasim Rahman at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., by techinical knockout at the end of Round 3
1966 Mike Gerard Tyson is born.
Evander Holyfield has raised the prospect of a rematch of his infamous world heavyweight title fight with Mike Tyson despite both men being into their 40s.
Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 3. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer. For more essays, click here.
A unification fight between IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov is close to being finalized, Klitschko's manager Bernd Boente told SI.com on Friday.
In the prime of his career, Evander Holyfield was regarded as one of boxing's fiercest warriors, a fearless combatant lauded for his willingness to chew off a body part (or have one chewed off for him) than quit on his stool.
With enough glitz, kitch and corporate sponsorships to make Las Vegas blush, welcome to the new and weird (yet weirdly underwhelming) epicenter of world boxing
NEW YORK -- Patience is a virtue that Samuel Peter is fresh out of. It has been nine long months since the 27-year-old Peter last competed, nine months since the man known as the Nigerian Nightmare beat James Toney for the second time to earn (for the second time) the title of the WBC's number one contender.
Boxing has long been regarded as, in the words of Jimmy Cannon, the red-light district of sports. In the popular imagination, the Sweet Science is anything but: it is widely viewed as a shady game run by mobsters and sharps, corrupt officials and snakelike managers, a morass of mismatches and fixed fights, in which the principles take more dives than Greg Louganis. Such Hollywood-fueled melodrama aside, however, boxing is a remarkably straightforward and transparent sport.
NEW YORK -- IBF and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko refuted a report Sunday that he suffered a broken hand during his win over Lamon Brewster.
And so, having finally attracted a little mainstream attention again, has boxing squandered another opportunity. With all eyes upon the sport -- well, more eyes than usual -- it produced an event of not much drama, little excitement and no satisfying conclusion. And even for somebody who found the semispectacle satisfying, there was no possibility of another one with even this much promise. The winner immediately announced his retirement, and the loser, who doesn't fight much anyway (or win much anymore), was ambivalent about his future in the ring.
There are only so many stiffs Evander Holyfield can beat up on before someone gives him a title shot.
Juan Manuel Marquez won the World Boxing Council super featherweight championship with a hard-fought unanimous decision over fellow Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will return to the ring in March as he bids to round off his career by becoming undisputed world best again.
Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield scored a scratchy unanimous points decision over Fres Oquendo on Friday.
No car company sets out to make a $1.4 million automobile. It just sort of happens.
World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John Ruiz of Puerto Rico will defend his crown against former cruiserweight world champion James Toney in New York next month.
Former world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe's hopes of continuing his comeback in Salt Lake City this week have been dashed because of contract and scheduling problems.
Former world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe is hoping for a second comeback fight this month after an eight-year absence from the ring.
When Roy Jones Jr. defended his IBF super middleweight title in 1996, he was wearing Grant boxing gloves. Evander Holyfield wore them, too, for his 1999 WBC heavyweight bout against Lennox Lewis. A...
Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has been placed on indefinite medical suspension by the New York State Athletic Commission, after his defeat at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Mike Tyson will climb back into the ring for the first time in 17 months when the troubled and broke former-champion meets British heavyweight Danny Williams.
So you want to be a contender, but don't like getting walloped by the real deal?
John Ruiz has been confirmed as the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion.
World Heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis has officially confirmed his retirement from boxing at a news conference in London.
World heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis is likely to announce his retirement at a news conference in London on Friday according to media reports.
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The betting odds stood as high as 25 to 1 against Evander Holyfield when he entered the ring last November to take on Mike Tyson. Detractors were saying the 215-pound Atlanta resident was too nice,...
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