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Evan Holyfield, Son of the Legend Evander Holyfield, Scores TKO1 Win in Debut

Michael Woods



Evan Holyfield looked rock solid in his abbreviated pro debut, on Nov. 2, 2019.

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.

Kathy Duva is excited to see how Evan Holyfield progresses as a boxer.

Kathy Duva is excited to see how Evan Holyfield progresses as a boxer.

“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.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.