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Becoming Holyfield: A Fighter's Journey

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Publisher Comments:

andlt;bandgt;andlt;bigandgt;History's only four-time world heavyweight boxing champion and one of America's most admired and beloved athletes reveals the dramatic story of his rise from poverty to the very pinnacle of the toughest sport on earth.andlt;/bigandgt;andlt;/bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Barely able to make it into the heavyweight division and almost always the smaller fighter in the ring, Holyfield spent his professional career proving the naysayers wrong. Along the way he provided some of the twentieth century's most thrilling sports moments, not all of them on purpose. In andlt;iandgt;Becoming Holyfieldandlt;/iandgt;, he gives us the exciting inside story of defeating Mike Tyson, the self-proclaimed "Baddest Man on Earth," and then getting a piece of his ear bitten off in the rematch. We learn how it felt to become the undisputed champion of the world by knocking out the man who knocked out Tyson, and we find out what it was really like to be in the middle of a title fight and see a motorized parachute fly right into the ring. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; There is heartbreak to go along with triumph, beginning with Holyfield's loss of an Olympic gold medal because of a highly controversial disqualification and continuing through his short-lived retirement following a misdiagnosed heart condition. Along the way we're treated to glimpses of such colorful figures as Don King and Howard Cosell and we come to understand the extra-ordinary power of love in shaping a young boy's life, and the love he tried to return. Holyfield made more money in the ring than any other fighter in history, and gave away millions to support the dreams of underprivileged kids looking for the same kinds of breaks that allowed him to become a champion. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Holyfield's immense popularity cannot be overstated, and it cuts across all ethnicities and socioeconomic classes. The top three highest-grossing sporting events in Las Vegas history were all Holyfield fights, and his highly rated appearances on andlt;iandgt;Dancing with the Starsandlt;/iandgt; helped to ensure that show's success. Other fighters may have been bigger, stronger, or more flamboyant, but few could match Evander Holyfield's poise, grace under pressure, or commitment to serve as an inspiration to others.

Review:

"With the help of Gruenfeld (The Street), Holyfield recounts the story of his career with remarkable honesty and surprising wisdom. Despite becoming the heavyweight champion of the world four times, Holyfield has had a lot of bad luck, from the questionable Olympic disqualification to suffering a heart attack in the ring. He's also candid about his struggles with relationships and monogamy, having sired almost a dozen children with nearly as many women. While he could have expounded further upon certain oddities-Rapper MC Hammer's brief stint as his manager, his daughter's decision to change her name and, of course, his role on television's Dancing with the Stars-what we get is a portrait of a true champion. In an age of whiny, arrogant athletes, Holyfield is a remarkably good sport, allowing his work to speak for itself, reserving judgment and forgiving every person who has wronged him-including Mike Tyson. The only thing he gets defensive about is retirement: he's adamant that his goal is to reclaim the heavyweight title, despite the potential health risks. This memoir is a testament to the strength of his desire and the purity of his drive." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Evander Holyfield, one of America's most admired and beloved athletes, reveals the dramatic story of his rise from poverty to the very pinnacle of one of the world's toughest sports.

About the Author

Evander Holyfield is an Olympic medalist and history's only four-time world heavyweight champion. He is the founder of the Holyfield Foundation, an organization serving underprivileged children. He lives in Georgia.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part I: Amateur

Prologue 3

Chapter 1: Childhood 10

Chapter 2: The Ring 23

Chapter 3: Childhood's End 32

Chapter 4: Trials 40

Chapter 5: Olympiad 46

Chapter 6: Isom Coley 71

Part II: The Pro Ranks

Chapter 7: Going Pro 77

Chapter 8: Life in the Big Leagues 87

Chapter 9: Champion 100

Chapter 10: Breaking Ranks 126

Chapter 11: "Iron Mike" 136

Chapter 12: You Can't Win 'Em All 151

Chapter 13: "Finally!" 166

Chapter 14: The Weird Part 176

Part III: Mountains, Valleys, and Everything In Between

Chapter 15: Atlas Shrugged 189

Chapter 16: Affairs of the Heart 197

Chapter 17: A Year of Living Dangerously 215

Chapter 18: Hard Lessons 231

Part IV: It's How You End

Chapter 19: "Holyfield V: The Final Chapter" 243

Chapter 20: It's How You End 262

Appendix: Professional Fight Record as of March 17, 2007 270

Acknowledgments 275

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416534860
Author:
Holyfield, Evander
Publisher:
Atria Books
With:
Gruenfeld, Lee
Author:
Gruenfeld, Lee
Subject:
Boxers (Sports)
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Boxing
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Boxers (Sports) -- United States.
Subject:
Holyfield, Evander
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 8-pg color inserts
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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Product details 288 pages Atria Books - English 9781416534860 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With the help of Gruenfeld (The Street), Holyfield recounts the story of his career with remarkable honesty and surprising wisdom. Despite becoming the heavyweight champion of the world four times, Holyfield has had a lot of bad luck, from the questionable Olympic disqualification to suffering a heart attack in the ring. He's also candid about his struggles with relationships and monogamy, having sired almost a dozen children with nearly as many women. While he could have expounded further upon certain oddities-Rapper MC Hammer's brief stint as his manager, his daughter's decision to change her name and, of course, his role on television's Dancing with the Stars-what we get is a portrait of a true champion. In an age of whiny, arrogant athletes, Holyfield is a remarkably good sport, allowing his work to speak for itself, reserving judgment and forgiving every person who has wronged him-including Mike Tyson. The only thing he gets defensive about is retirement: he's adamant that his goal is to reclaim the heavyweight title, despite the potential health risks. This memoir is a testament to the strength of his desire and the purity of his drive." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Evander Holyfield, one of America's most admired and beloved athletes, reveals the dramatic story of his rise from poverty to the very pinnacle of one of the world's toughest sports.
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