A New Generation of Holyfield Has Arrived…
Evander Holyfield is one of the greatest boxing champions in history. He remains the only heavyweight to win the title four times. An Olympic bronze medallist, he fought the best of the best from multiple generations. The names are massive like Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Lennox Lewis.
But that means you’ve got a lot of pressure on your shoulders if you’re his son. Most children of boxers don’t go on to have professional careers themselves, because their lives are just too comfortable. In fact, many boxers actually don’t want their kids to fight. However, there are exceptions, like Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila.
Now Holyfield’s son Evan has made his professional debut. He blitzed his opponent in just 16 seconds. Check out the footage of the finish below. Do you think it was an early stoppage? There’s a lot of controversy around this one.
Evan Holyfield wins his pro-debut via first-round stoppage. #WatchOnDAZN pic.twitter.com/lpxi1ZbQIt
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) November 3, 2019
There’s definitely some controversy around this finish. Holyfield was fighting on the undercard of Canelo v Kovalev at the MGM Grand Arena. His opponent on the night was Nick Winstead. However, he was expecting a challenge he probably should have taken a look at Winstead’s 0-2 record. Oh and the fact that he missed weight.
The younger Holyfield had his father sitting in the front row watching him. This fight did not last long. He came out of the trapdoors like a greyhound and blitzed the hapless Winstead. After receiving a barrage of punches he went down with just 16 seconds on the clock. Then the referee waved it off.
Evan Holyfield readying for his pro debut… pic.twitter.com/yuTbdi9E7h
— Lance Pugmire (@pugboxing) November 3, 2019
However, even the commentary team said that Winstead should have been given a count. Of course, you have to protect a fighter but this seemed very early by the referee. Boxing has a reputation for corruption, but of course, this had nothing to do with the Holyfield name.
Needless to say, Holyfield himself didn’t care. Junior was just happy to get his first victory out of the way. He was delighted with the way the fight went, even if it did definitely end early. But that’s not his fault, at the end of the day, he did his job properly.
“It was such a blessing to be able to showcase my talent on the card like this and God bless us all,” Evan Holyfield said. “I was just expecting to box and I just went out there and did my job. I was zoned in and God just had me.”
4 X WORLD CHAMPION 🏆🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/TOOV5nuLDB
— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) November 3, 2019
This was a landmark night for two other reasons. In the main event, Canelo Alvarez knocked out Sergey Kovalev in the eleventh round. The Mexican became a four-weight champion on the night. Now many analysts are calling him the pound-for-pound king.
But there’s another reason why it was a significant night. Five years ago it would have been crazy to imagine a boxing event playing second fiddle to MMA. However, that’s exactly what happened. DAZN waited until UFC 244 ended before allowing Kovalev and Alvarez to walk out. Times are changing.