Born: 19 October 1962
Amateur honours: silver, Pan American Games 1983, bronze Olympic Games 1984
Turned pro: 15 November 1984
Professional honours: won WBA cruiserweight title 1986; won undisputed cruiserweight world title 1988; won undisputed heavyweight world title 1990; won WBA/IBF titles 1993; won WBA title 1996; added IBF title 1997; won WBA title 2000
LONDON - Four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has hinted at retirement while confirming details of an auction of his prized possessions.
Holyfield, who turns 50 next week, said he would only fight for a world title while conceding it was “pretty much the end” of a 28-year professional career.
“Right now I’m winding it down, I can’t get the fights I want,” said Holyfield. “I haven’t made it official but the time is coming that I will. I don’t have that much fight left in me.”
Holyfield, who has allegedly lost his fortune and is reportedly £10m in debt, denies he has been forced into a fire sale of his boxing memorabilia.
But Holyfield, who was also the undisputed cruiserweight world champion in a stellar career, did admit that the money raised “wouldn’t hurt”.
“It’s not sad at all, I wouldn’t do it if it was sad,” Holyfield, who also denied the bronze medal he won at he 1984 Olympics was among the items on sale, told BBC Sport.
Holyfield, who fought Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Britain’s Lennox Lewis in the last golden era of heavyweight boxing, has not held a portion of the world title since 2001.
But the native of Atlanta, Georgia, believes boxing owes him one last title tilt for what he has done for the sport and is still dreaming of a fight with either Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko.