Holyfield Thanks His Mom

By Boxing News on June 12, 2017
Holyfield Thanks His Mom
“This Hall of Fame thing is all about the help I got from someone else.” (Facebook)

Evander Holyfield was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame to cheers and a standing ovation…

Sunday afternoon in Canastota, New York, former cruiserweight and four-time heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs), the gladiator from Atlanta, Georgia, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame to cheers and a standing ovation.

“This Hall of Fame thing is all about the help I got from someone else,” Holyfield said. “My mother would have been so happy.

“When I came back with the bronze medal, my mama said, ‘See, I told you.’ My mom wouldn’t let me quit. My mom said, regardless of how good you are, you do mess up, and if you do mess up and you have a good attitude, you’ll get more opportunities. I had 10 setbacks, so that lets you know that I messed up. But because of the good attitude I had, I got more chances.

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

The other inductees were Marco Antonio Barrera, Johnny Tapia, Eddie Booker, Australian trainer Johnny Lewis,  judge Jerry Roth; Showtime broadcasters Steve Farhood and Barry Tompkins; and ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Sr.

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Teresa Tapia, widow of Johnny Tapia, said this about her late husband.

“He had the greatest fans, and he soared to the greatest of heights. Johnny fought like a demon possessed throughout his career. The fans were his strength and salvation. From this day forward, Johnny, you shall be immortalized. Your heart ... will live on forever.”

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  1. Pete The Sneak 08:23am, 06/14/2017

    Hey, say what you want about Evander, but he stuck to the Good books edict… He was ‘Fruitful and multiplied.’...Peace,.

  2. Alt Knight 06:04am, 06/14/2017

    Speaking of religious hypocrites. Has anyone ever heard the “reverends” Al $harpton or Je$$e Jackson ever actually preach a sermon? Have they ever even performed a wedding ceremony?

  3. Alt Knight 05:44am, 06/14/2017

    Anon…He looks like an angel compared to this former MMA fighter, Jon Koppehaver aka “War Machine.” Guy found his former porn star girlfriend with another man, beat the poor girl within an inch of her life and raped her. Broke 18 bones of her bones, lacerated her liver, and broke out several teeth. Talk about a POS. The guy was on the run for awhile. Just recently the scumbag got nailed with 29 felony counts and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 36 years. Like others before him, this guy has found “religion” after his arrest. He’s all over his twitter account quoting scriptures and such. I don’t like to judge how sincere someone’s relationship is with God, but I think this guy is sh*tting in his pants and now wants to the Lord to show him mercy that he didn’t show his victim. I would be willing to guess this woman beater, and ex-porn star himself, never cracked open a Bible before his arrest.

  4. Anonymous 01:45pm, 06/13/2017

    How many kids did this guy produce? This sugar sap crap is nauseous. Holyfield was no Saint and is lucky he did not get pinned down over that Evans Field stuff.

    I agree re Mancini. That was a sentimental choice methinks.

    I also agree on Teresa Tapia. Super woman.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:01am, 06/13/2017

    He got more than encouragement from his Mom….Bill Walton who is actually a seven footer, not the published 6’11”....Dad is a six footer and you guessed it, so is Mom. It goes without saying that rare is the powerhouse athlete whose Mom is a petite frail little thing!

  6. Alt Knight 05:48am, 06/13/2017

    Damn shame, that Marvin Johnson still is left out in the cold once again. Johnson captured the light heavyweight title 3 times and fought two epic wars with Saad Muhammad when Saad was at his peak. Fought when the light heavy division was loaded with talent. Johnson might not rank with the Archie Moores and Sam Langfords, but he’s certainly better than others who have been honored. Ray Mancini? Come on. I would give Bobby Czyz the nod over Mancini.

  7. Pete The Sneak 04:49am, 06/13/2017

    Teresa Tapia. What an amazing lady she is…Peace

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