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Evander Holyfield, the boxer who made millions but then lost it all

Boxing can be a sport that generates great fortunes in its best exponents, but it also leaves gladiators who lose everything by not knowing how to manage their wealth, and there are many cases. One of them was Evander Holyfield.

He was the youngest of nine children, the man who later became a legend in the ring, was inspired by science and began a career full of victories under the tutelage of his first trainer, Carter Morgan.

Talent as a child for Evander Holyfield

The future champion showed natural talent from the time he took his first steps and won all of his junior events for the first three years, but then was defeated by a young man named Cecil Collins. Frustrated by the fall, Evander ran home and informed his mother that he was done with boxing, only to be told otherwise by him.

"When I lost my first fight at age 11, I quit," he explained. "My mom said I had to go back because she wasn't raising anyone who quit. "I lost my second fight against Collins again and quit. She made me come back and try one more time."

Holyfield's breakthrough

The real growth began to earn his nickname when he got through the first three rounds of competition with back-to-back KO victories. Then, in the semifinal, he faced New Zealand's Kevin Barry and lost by controversial disqualification.

Holyfield then moved up to the heavyweight division, and there he realized his power and had a meteoric rise, to the extent of facing Mike Tyson.

Because Tyson caused such a sensation, much of the public refused to accept his loss and various excuses arose. They also rightly pointed out that Holyfield had beaten a much heavier and worse prepared Douglas than the one who had beaten Tyson.

'Buster' had spent eight months enjoying his new found fame, obviously too much. Holyfield told the BBC: "I was happy, I reached my goal, but after I reached my goal and became champion, it didn't stop people talking.

In the end, Holyfield came to charge millions of dollars for his appearances in the ring, but he did not know how to manage his fortune, although in the interview with the BBC, he commented that he has learned his lesson and now has a book where he recounts his experiences.

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