So now Holyfield has money problems in Ethiopia, too?

For now, Holyfield remains safe outside the ring (here recently at the ESPYs).

For now, Evander Holyfield remains safe outside the ring (AP photo).

If you’re wondering what a legitimate heavyweight fight (anywhere) and a relatively obscure exhibition in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have in common, we just found out: At some point, a guy needs to get paid.

Evander Holyfield was scheduled to receive up to $1 million to fight Sammy Retta this past weekend in Ethiopia, a fundraiser to fight the spread of AIDS in the country. But according to Holyfield’s manager, Ken Sanders, payment never was received. So the event was postponed (if not canceled).

“We were supposed to have the check by early June,” said Sanders, who spent a week with Holyfield in Ethiopia two months ago, setting up the bout. “The guy kept saying, ‘It’s coming, it’s coming. Don’t worry about it.’ But finally, we had to cancel. We weren’t going to do one of those those things, ‘We’ll give you the money when you get here.’”

But there is good news. At least nobody in Ethiopia is trying to foreclose on any of his properties.

Sanders said the local promoter’s sponsor dropped out and now the Ethiopian government has stepped in as a potential financial backer because officials there still desire for the event come off. The tentative rescheduled date is Sept. 11. Holyfield likely will make less than the originally discussed $1 million, and he plans to donate a portion of those earnings to the AIDS cause. The fight against Retta also will be an official bout, sanctioned by the WBC, and not an exhibition.

“It’s a legitimate fight now — but not a hard fight,” said Sanders.

No kidding. While Holyfield is 46 and far removed from the fighter who won championships, Retta is an afterthought: He’s 35, has had only 21  bouts (18-3), never fought anybody of consequence and hasn’t been in the ring in over two years.

Meanwhile, Sanders maintained that Holyfield is still “getting his finances in order,” when asked about recent foreclosure notices on some of his property.

Holyfield also still hopes to get another title shot. This usually is about the time when I would go on some rant and implore him to retire. But I think there’s a better chance of him getting a $1 million check in the mail from Ethiopia.

78 comments Add your comment

No wonder he's broke!

July 27th, 2009
3:12 pm

Why in hell would anyone fight in that 3rd world desolate wasteland which is probably one of the 3 poorest countries on earth? Evander should have had the common sense to realize that half the business done in countries like Ethiopia, Nigeria, etc involve scams and there was no freaking way in hell he was going to get upfront money. Also, if he donated a portion to a local aids charity the money would probably just go into a French villa or Swiss bank account of whatever government figure runs the charity. And even if he did get a check by the time it takes it to clear he would probably realize that the check is phonier than a 3$ bill. He should have had the money wired into an account. What an idiot.


July 27th, 2009
3:40 pm

I got an email from the government of Ethipopia. I sent them my bank account info and I am expecting a check for $1 million myself any day now.


July 27th, 2009
3:42 pm

Oops, it was from Ethiopia not Ethipopia.

The Soldier

July 27th, 2009
3:43 pm


Jeff Schultz

July 27th, 2009
3:48 pm

Ryan, No Wonder — I know. I can’t wait for my treasure from the Nigerian govt. The answer to all of my problems. All I had to do was given them my Amex number. Check should be here any day now.


July 27th, 2009
3:53 pm

Evander is REALLY disappointing me with his lack of SENSE. He’s tarnsihing himself all because he’s too proud to let go of that castle he’s lived in for so long. It’s embarrasing, you know? What was it he said, “i’m not broke, i’m just not liquid”…WTF????? If he sold that property and cut his losses now, he could’ve still been living like the ‘King of The Ring’ that he would have some money in his coffers. Pride is going to put his dumb azz in the poor house!! He made over 200 million and still hasn’t paid off a 10 million dollar house. Go figure? You know the irony of it all??? I think his heart’s in the right place but he just doesn’t get it…..still.

Ken Stallings

July 27th, 2009
3:54 pm

Boxing was according to Ernest Hemingway, one of the few real sports in human history. The other two I believe were race car driving and bull fighting.

Well, one remains a good sport today! Hint: it’s the one Danica Patrick participates in!

Boxing lost its luster long ago. The only thing good about this fight is donations for AIDS research and treatment. Other than that, it’s a non-event in a sport long ago bereft of its place in sports today.


July 27th, 2009
3:56 pm

A millions dollars to feed 12 kids from 12 different woman just doesn’t go as far as it use to! Just wait until they multiply!


July 27th, 2009
3:59 pm

Maybe it was one of those Ethiopian scams I get in my e-mail every day.


July 27th, 2009
4:02 pm

Just wondering if he was a victim of one of those email faud case about receiving a check from Africa if you send them some money now.


July 27th, 2009
4:03 pm

how did you know all this? are you the scam from the so called first world who is running around in africa sucking blood .or are you the corrupt dirt animal who will do anything even if they hang your mother.

No wonder he's broke!

July 27th, 2009
4:10 pm

Evander does have a big heart but I guess that sadly he just doesn’t get it. He doesn’t get how ridiculous it is that he’s earned something 240 or 260 million dollars and yet he’s broke and either bankrupt or almost bankrupt. He’s like the male version of the Atlanta housewives of which 2 or 3 of them are now broke and the other or others will probably be broke within 5 years of profligate spending.

He doesn’t get that you shouldn’t hold yourself up as a man of God and Christian values only to proceed to then have 12 kids by 10 different women or something like that while preaching the word. I guess he missed those parts about adultery and fornication.

Can this guy possibly be any dumber or any more removed from reality?


July 27th, 2009
4:14 pm

Why is it that blacks are so bad with money? Almost every time you hear about an athlete going broke they are black.

No wonder he's broke!

July 27th, 2009
4:16 pm


You must not watch very much news bro. Everyone knows about the email scams originating from Nigeria mostly but also from other African countries. Anyone who knows history or just a little bit about political science knows that the single biggest problem in Africa is corruption. A lack of moral values and a general breakdown of civilized behavior are also other big problems. Aids doesn’t get spread by westerners in Africa. It gets spread by permissive people who have multiple sex partners. There are obviously scams in the first world also. The difference is that the police try to catch and shut down the scammers. In Africa the police take bribes from the scammers. Its just part of this culture of corruption, lawlessness, lack of morals and lack of values. Sorry dude but it is what it is.

Evil Richt 2009 S.E.C. World Tour: "Banned in Columbus"

July 27th, 2009
4:16 pm

Wow. A high profile American scheduling an event for Sept. 11th in a country whose gov’t is at war with al-Aqaeda backed Somali warlords. Let me know when tickets become available. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

Fish Bisch

July 27th, 2009
4:17 pm

I once had a scammer from some african nation want to buy my truck off craigslist. he wanted to send me a ‘cheque’ that was double the price of my vehicle, cash it, and send him the differece. I had fun messing with him for several weeks. I remember giving the scammer Santa Clause’s address somewhere in Alaska.


July 27th, 2009
4:17 pm

All of this AIDS/Cancer research stuff is just to get money. Do people really think that they have not discovered a cure for Aids/Cancer yet with all the time and money that has been spent towards that. Get real people, if they let everyone know that they already have a cure then all those billions and billions of dollars will stop coming in and all of these people will have to get real jobs. Listen people the cures have already been found!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they just want to keep you sending in billions of dollars.


July 27th, 2009
4:20 pm

And every time you hear about a Wall Street banker going broke (or being put in jail) they are white. Idiot.

Fish Bisch

July 27th, 2009
4:21 pm

so true rick. i already got the h1n1 cure.


July 27th, 2009
4:21 pm

Mr. JS–long, long time first time funny. Your pal, Mitch

Fish Bisch

July 27th, 2009
4:22 pm

why is race always brought up? can’t we all just live the way michael jackson would’ve wanted?!

No wonder he's broke!

July 27th, 2009
4:22 pm


Blacks just need to educate themselves more on money management, responsible behavior, and just generally living within their means and investing intelligently. Its shocking how many black athletes and entertainers there are that are broke after making tens of millions. MC Hammer went broke 1 year after making 33 million, Michael Jackson was on the verge of bankruptcy and had been sued by a couple of Arab princes who paid him upfront for future concert performances that Jackson never performed. He basically just scammed the 2 princes and kept their money. Mike Tyson is completely broke after making 400 million dollars. Its not a problem of race. Black people aren’t automatically stupid with money. Its a problem with their culture and lack of education and values.


July 27th, 2009
4:25 pm

TPW–some of them ain’t white, some are catholic. Your pal, Mitch


July 27th, 2009
4:28 pm

“Banned in Columbus”,

Those Africans are always involved in some stupid war just slaughtering and killing each other. Almost every country in sub Saharan Africa has some kind of war going on. Its obvious that these people cannot govern themselves in a civilized fashion. The best thing that could happen would be for the western nations to go back in and recolonize those countries to try to bring about some order and civility. Otherwise they are all going to just end up killing each other.

Ethiopia is now embroiled in a war with Somalia but in the past 20 years has fought with the Sudan and also with 2 breakaway republics in Eritrea and Tigre. Tigre and Eritrea did manage to gain their independence after decades of warfare.


July 27th, 2009
4:37 pm

Reid Adair

July 27th, 2009
4:39 pm

If the Ethiopian government is going to pay the money to conduct an event to raise money to fight AIDS, why don’t they just spend the money on the cause?

Oh, wait. That’s right. We’re talking about a “government.” In a third-world country, no less.


July 27th, 2009
4:45 pm

It’s not just blacks that have money problems, whites have money problems too. It’s just that everything black people do is magnified 1000 times….when whites have money problems, they just kill their family….blacks know all about the struggle and deal with it…..whites just simply pull the trigger.


July 27th, 2009
4:52 pm

Wow, GreatGal..I never thought of it like that until I read your post..
Sad way to think huh? I don’t think that it’s all blacks, it’s just the ones that seem to strive on being so in your face with all of their money (and power at the time) that we are always hearing about..


July 27th, 2009
4:56 pm

My question is why, of all the topics in the universe, the AJC always know which ones to pull out of the hat to get a racial argument started. It’s just insane, and you nimrods take the bait every time.If you are not a part of the solution, YOU CAN BELIEVE, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!


July 27th, 2009
5:10 pm

Any day now he will get a check for 3 million. He just needs to cash it & send them back $1.5M and all will be well with the world.


July 27th, 2009
5:16 pm

Every time you hear about a Wall Street banker going broke (or being put in jail) they are white. That’s because there aren’t many blacks on Wall Street.

Marjorie jackson

July 27th, 2009
5:28 pm

If Blacks as you call them would leave slick as white folk alon
They would get to keep there money, That white folk think is GOD
If Neal Bortz would give back that which he STOLE and the other trillon white folk he allowed to Bamboozle him he could leave the 12
and ther mother millions of dollars. Morale of that story
YOUR MONEY, hahahahahahahahahahahahah

Kathy Marshall

July 27th, 2009
5:35 pm

YOU freakin idiots you are in a third world county. look around you
75% of the mexican population is here(illegally) 60% of the INDIAN
population is here illegally 2nd largest group of illegals in the USA
receiving all of you TAX dollars to open up GAS sttions, Hotels, Motels(for you to RENT) tax free, AND please do not leave out the Asian population(excuse, me that MADE you a 3rd world nation and you have time, and a mental state to worry about people that Made the Money
and spent the Money(that is what it is FOR) Asecret to white America

godless heathen

July 27th, 2009
5:38 pm

The Reverend Creflo Dollar has a big chunk of Evander’s money. He didn’t need to go to Africa to get scammed.


July 27th, 2009
5:39 pm

When you wake up on the back of a truck that the Bilderbergs,Illuminati
or such sends around for your ignorant ass, let somebody on the TRUCK explain it to you……………

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July 27th, 2009
6:18 pm

Ethiopia is flourishing and beautiful country. There is poverty like in most developing countries, but this is a land that has a history of more than 3000 years. And it has never been colonized. This country is the seat of the African Union. Therefore, an African-American philantropist athlete is boxing there to be associated with this proud African nation and all of Africa. 1 million dollars is not much for a guy, who is used to earning much more. This is PR-fight. Just like Mohammed Ali’s fight in the old Zaire.


July 27th, 2009
6:41 pm

Kathy Marshal
Interesting numbers.
The population of Mexico is 110 million. 75% of that is 82 million. The population of the US is only about 300 million, so one out of four of us were born in Mexico right??

But, it gets better. The population of India is 1.2 billion with a ‘b’. If 60% of their population is here that is about 720 million, more than twice the population of the US.

Unfortunately, looking at the real numbers doesn’t help you to spread your hate, does it?

Big E

July 27th, 2009
6:48 pm

Let her have it Bill!


July 27th, 2009
7:23 pm

In fact, Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries, and there was civil war in Ethiopia. Indeed, Ethiopians are fighting, as proxy, America’s war in Somalia. But it seems there is so much misunderstanding or misinformation about Ethiopia in the above comments.

Ethiopians are a very conservative religious people. So scamming does not have a place in Ethiopia. Ethiopia has existed as a nation for so many centuries. It is the ONLY black nation in face of the world that has never been colonized. So it has so many unique things. For instance, it has its own calendar. So September 11 is the day on which the Ethiopian New Year begins; it is the equivalent of January 1st in the West. One of the Ethiopians, according to Fortune Magazine, is the 43rd richest person in the world. He is worth of more than $7 billion. This richest person has the number one hotel in Africa, and the 10th in the world, called “Sheraton Addis”. Usually, on the eve of the Ethiopian New Year, this person, in cooperation with the Ethiopian government, organizes a music festival or other special events that will be transmitted to the Ethiopian people live. Musicians like Byonce, Jean Wcleaf, and Sean Pual have performed in such special events previously, and get paid generously.

Therefore, if this rich person and the Ethiopian government are really involved in the contract with Holyfield, it is probable that he will get paid, and fight in Ethiopia.

[...] Above: If you’re wondering what a legitimate heavyweight fight (anywhere) and a relatively obscure exhibition in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have in common, we just found out: At some point, a guy needs to get paid. Evander Holyfield was scheduled to receive up to $1 million to fight Sammy Retta this past weekend in Ethiopia, a fundraiser to fight the spread of AIDS in the country. But according to Holyfield’s manager, Ken Sanders, payment never was received. So the event was postponed (if not canceled). Read more at the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [...]

Ken Stallings

July 28th, 2009
12:02 am

“America’s war in Somalia …” That’s your statement Adane?

Do you know what the hell you are talking about or did you just make that up?

We went into Somalia to help protect UN relief aid workers who were distributing food supplies to people devastated by mass starvation. Except the food stocks were being constantly stolen by Somali warlords. So, the UN augmented the relief workers with small detachments of peacekeepers which at the time was thought sufficient to deter further thefts of the food aid.

Then, Muhammad Fara Addid’s forces engaged in a brazen attack on Pakistani UN soldiers, carrying out essentially a massacre of them. In response, the UN asked the Clinton administration to send in more powerful forces. So, Clinton answered the call and sent in US Special Forces to track down and capture the Somali warlords, specifically Addid.

The result was what the public refers to today as “Blackhawk Down.”

I have a particular interest in this as I had the pleasure many times of working with CWO Michael Durant, who was the lone survivor of the Blackhawk helicopter Addid’s militia shot down. I suggest you read his book.

After we withdrew, the situation further deteriorated as Al Qaeda continued to poor weapons into the region. Al Qaeda’s hope is to establish a new series of bases to carry out their training. From this Al Qaeda seeks to destabilize the entire region.

I don’t know what information you cite, but it’s a rather worn out theme to put the onus on America. There are a number of nations in the region who really don’t wish to see Al Qaeda run wild in their territory. If they ask for help I see no reason why we should completely turn our backs on them just because someone like you might try to blame us for the situation.

The point I hope you take from all this is that the world is a shockingly small place. So when you make such a statement, you shouldn’t be surprised there’s someone with some personal experience on the subject who might not turn a blind eye to the statement.


July 28th, 2009
1:18 am

Holyfield-ethiopia-fight-postponed We don’mind that

So Ignorant

July 28th, 2009
1:50 am

Reading these comments from Ethiopia, I am amazed at the ignorant comments made on this forum about Ethiopia (e.g. desolate, wasteland, email scams, etc.) perhaps from people that have never been to Africa, let alone Ethiopia, and get their world view from U.S. cable news shows or ill-informed newspaper articles like this one (where the author himself makes some joke about Nigerian scams). The comments and this article reinforce to me one of the reasons why I am so happy to have left the U.S. By the way, the reason for selecting September 11 is that it is Ethiopian New Year .

Joseph Jamene

July 28th, 2009
2:37 am


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4:38 am

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July 28th, 2009
5:54 am

Ken Stallings, slow down before you call others ignorant, it may boomerang back at you.

Adane was referring to recent war in December 2006, not the one in 1992. Ethiopia in 2006 invaded Somalia and ousted the Islamic Union that was giving shelter to Al Kahida in East Africa (same guys who bombed U.S. Embassy in Kenya, Tanzania, and blew up U.S. warship in Yemen). U.S. assisted Ethiopian forces with satellite imagery, and Ethiopian mechanized troops had control of all Somalia in 1 week. U.S. Special Forces were later dropped in and embedded with Ethiopian troops, and several USAF night bombing raids were made to kill well-known Al Kahida operatives. After two years of waiting in vain for U.N. or Western troops to replace them, Ethiopia forces pulled out of Somalia. And you can guess who’s creeping back into Somalia now.

As for all the other ignorant comments on this board, MOST e-mail scams originate from within U.S., followed by Eastern Europe, not Africa. 60 Minutes had an episode on that issue…CBS, Sundays, 7pm, try it sometime, learn.

Carl R

July 28th, 2009
7:37 am

Why the attacks on Ethiopia? Addis is a great town with lots of lush vegetation for those Addis bashers out there. More obvious poverty than North America, duh, but not a bad place to hang out.

As for Holyfield, it sounds like they were dealing with a garden variety promoter from any corner of the Earth, and sensibly enough said they wanted to see the money before they hopped on a jet. No reason to get emotional about it, it is just business.

As for his money problems, one thing they don’t teach in kindergarten is what to do if you make boatloads of money. Most people aren’t ready for it. I’m not at all surprised that he has burned through a quarter of a billion dollars, and wish him the best in getting his finances in order.


July 28th, 2009
9:15 am

ethiopia is beautiful!! first bring in ur asses to ethiopia and witness the facts on the ground! Ethiopia has never been colonized and the victory of ethiopian’s under king menilik over the italian invasion of ethiopia in 1896 gc at the battle of adwa started and ignited the hopes of millions of black people under colonization and slavery through out the world!!!!! Ethiopia is the seat of african union because Africans recognize the symbolic importance of Ethiopia, whic is a nation morethan 3000yrs old , a nation which has never been colonized, a nation which helped many african nations in thier struggle to liberate themselves from colonializm( nelson mandela, mugabe are few who were trained in ethiopia).
That is why it is an honour for evander holyfield to fight in ethiopia, and not solely for money , for 1million i s nothing for a man who used to make millions! Am sure he would be happy with the hospitality of the great ethiopians!!!!


July 28th, 2009
9:17 am

Folks Wait n See!