You had to like what you saw of Evan Holyfield, the 22 year old son of the living legend, all 16 seconds of it.
At MGM on Saturday night, the 154 pounder Holyfield, a middle of 11 kids by Evander, came out both guns blazing. He aimed and fired, and connected, repeatedly, at Nick Winstead, coming in from Louisiana. A left hook hit clean, rights hit and hurt and sent the loser down. And the ref, Robert Hoyle, didn’t even bother to count, he waved it off.
Winstead complained and on DAZN ex ref Steve Smoger said the call was wrong, and premature.
That said, what we saw of the winner, it was a certainty that he was going to simply punish Winstead, more of an MMAer, if the bout continued. Winstead is 0-2, and has been stopped twice.
Main Events and Kathy Duva promote the chip off the older block, as they did Evander.
“The kid can fight! This is going to be a LOT of fun,” Duva said after.
“His dad turned pro with us almost exactly 35 years ago. As I recall, his first opponent, Lionel Byarm, gave Evander a lot more trouble than Evan experienced tonight! He’s a keeper!”
Termite Watkins is the kid’s trainer, for the record.