Holyfield joins Hall of Fame

Published 4:26 pm Monday, December 22, 2014

The Board of Directors of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame recently announced the Class of 2015 for induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (ASHOF), according to an ASHOF press release.

Among the selections was boxer Evander Holyfield, who was born in Atmore. Other members of the Class of 2015 include football player Jay Barker, football player Chris Gray, football player Bobby Hunt, basketball player Derrick McKey, football player Tommy Neville, football player Tony Richardson and basketball player Ennis Whatley.

The accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers tabulated the votes by the statewide selection committees.

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The newly elected eight inductees will bring the total of all Inductees since 1969 to 329. The 2015 Induction Banquet and Ceremony will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  Reception and banquet tickets can be purchased by contacting the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum.

Holyfield was born Oct. 19, 1962, in Atmore. He is a former Undisputed World Champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions. He is the only five time World Heavyweight Champion, winning the WBA, WBC, and IBF titles in 1990, the WBA and IBF titles in 1993, the WBA title in 1996, the IBF in 1997 and the WBA again in 2000.

He was named Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year three times (1990, 1996, and 1997). Ring Magazine ranked him as the “Greatest Cruiserweight of All-Time” in 1994. He was a bronze medalist in the 1984 Summer Olympics.  His record was 44 wins, 10 losses with 29 knockouts.