McDONOUGH — The hype around the first title match in over 20 years in Georgia is beginning to rev up, and Evander Holyfield was in town to chat about it and various other topics in boxing.
Around the boxing world, Holyfield was known to have boxed from 1984-2011 and recorded 57 total fights. Of those 57, Holyfield won 44 of them in total with 29 ending in knockouts, but the one thing that added to his legacy was the historical fight in the Georgia Dome between him and Vaughan Bean. That fight was the first win for Holyfield at home since 1991 and also set a record for that time where there were over 40,000 viewers in attendance.
He says that the upcoming Gervonta Davis/Yuriorkis Gamboa tilt should be a great event because they are two great fighters in this match.
Although, the fight that brought in 40,000 fans had since been the only boxing event in Atlanta that marked the last world title fight in Atlanta as well. Considering how long it’s been since the last match in Georgia, Holyfield believes this could set a good foundation for more matches in the future.
“It could be. You’ve got the best fighter in Davis which is Floyd Mayweather’s guy and you’ve got good fighters,” Holyfield said. “And I’m sure a lot of people will be out to see the fight.”
To top the 1998 fight, there are a few things he thinks would have to happen for it to set the bar higher in the boxing world. In a few words, ticket sales are doing good and per a recent release from inside the promotion, more tickets were released for the public.
It’s worth noting that Holyfield’s son Evan took to the ring Nov. 2 for his debut and won. It led to a question about would it be nice to have his son fight in Georgia one day, one that Holyfield says he’s hopeful for.
“I’m sure he’s looking forward to fighting at home and I told him it’s a little different when you’re fighting at home,” Holyfield said. “It’s a little bit more pressure than you think. People come to see you win. Only one person loses in boxing — the fighter himself. They only win when you win. Davis has lived here and sometimes it’s easy for people who come from other places and make it their home, they do well.”
The event will be broadcast on Showtime this year, and it’s a bit more nostalgic considering the same network was broadcasting the event for Holyfield in 1998.
“You’ve got to understand, I was one of the first fighters that they chose. I came in and beat (Ricky) Parkey in Vegas and then won that championship. In 88, I became the undisputed heavyweight champion and I won the heavyweight title for them. They ain’t told me I was, but I know that I have to be.”