First boxer in history to be world's heavyweight champion four times.

Evander Holyfield (born October 19, 1962) is a professional boxer who has earned millions of dollars and made history. Evander in helping those in need through the work of the Holyfield Foundation. His nickname is "The Real Deal". He debuted as a professional boxer with a nationally televised win in 6 rounds over Byarm at the Madison Square Garden in 1984. Two years later Holyfield became world champion by defeating Qawi by a 15 round unanimous decision. Ring Magazine called it the best cruiserweight bout of the 1980s. He defended his title in 1987 against Tillman, who had beaten Mike Tyson twice as an amateur. In 1989, Holyfield became the WBC Continental Heavyweight Champion by defeating Dokes. This fight would also be named one of the best fights of the 1980s by Ring magazine, as best Heavyweight bout of the 1980s. In 1990, he fulfilled a 20-year dream, when he became the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World by defeating Douglas. Holyfield was IBF, WBC and WBA champion.

In his first defense, he beat former and future world champion George Foreman by a decision in 12. By 1992, Holyfield was announcing multiple products on television, such Diet Coke. He started professing his Christianity everywhere, reminding the public before and after his fights that he is a newborn Christian, and wearing t-shirts with the word Pray in public. Holyfield made history in 1996 as the one of the only two men to become world Heavyweight champions three times, when he knocked Tyson out in the eleventh round. His next fight would also go into the annals of boxing as one of the most bizarre fights in history: He gave Tyson a rematch on June 28, 1997, in what became known as the byte fight. In the 3. round, Tyson bit Holyfield on one of his ears, and lost a point. After biting Holyfield on the other ear, he got disqualified. In 2000 Holyfield making history by winning on a 12 round unanimous decision against Ruiz to become the first boxer in history to be world's heavyweight champion four times.

The devout Christian Holyfield was a 25-1 underdog against Mike Tyson. Before the fight, Holyfield assured reporters that he would win, that God would give him the victory as a way to convert unbelievers. On his trunks and the collar of his robe is stitched "Phil. 4:13," which reads: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." He also adds the reference to his autographs. "I prayed during training, I prayed when I got into the ring, I prayed when I was fighting Tyson," Holyfield said.

Evander Holyfield has confidence and strength in Christ. On many occasions Holyfield has said, "Boxing is 90 percent spiritual and 10 percent physical." "It's the spiritual aspect that gives the edge and an extra burst of energy to draw from. My victories are not achieved by my might, nor by my power, but by the Spirit of Christ who strengthens me." A Christian since he was a young boy, Holyfield praised Jesus for the victory, and to proclaim to millions that his God was the only true God. "I was led by the Spirit. Everybody though I was washed up, but with God, I wasn't washed up," says Holyfield, again wearing his Jesus is Lord cap for the cameras. The world heavyweight championship belonged to Holyfield but the glory belonged to God. He provided Evander Holyfield with the skill and determination to succeed at boxing. He also provided a platform for the gospel to reach the world.

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