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Evander Holyfield makes 2012 Olympics news at least twice

Dan Steinberg/AP

Dan Steinberg/AP

Evander Holyfield has managed to make news at least twice during the 2012 London Olympics.

First, he showed up in a man-on-the-street interview with a news crew that didn’t recognize him, a gaffe pundits gleefully made viral. Now comes the announcement that Holyfield is set to auction a huge trove of memorabilia – including the bronze medal he won at the 1984 Summer Games.

The Champ gave both Olympic bulletins a positive spin.

“When I do the ‘Today’ show I will be sure to wear a shirt that has my name on it, front and back,” he quipped via Twitter this week, after being featured on NBC’s morning program as just another tourist. “Probably carry a sign as well for backup!”

As for the news that his championship rings, belts, gloves, trunks, robes, jewelry including Rolex and Cartier watches and his 1962 Chevrolet Corvette will soon be on the block?

“Looking forward to donating a portion of my auction proceeds to a charity organization for kids,” he tweeted.

Items up for grabs include championship rings and belts; gloves, trunks and robes worn inside the ring; signed promotional photos and posters; jewelry including watches from Rolex, Cartier and Patek Phillippe and Holyfield’s 1962 Chevrolet Corvette. The event is scheduled for Nov. 30 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.

“From his humble beginnings as a teenage boxer in Atlanta, to his storied and fabled career inside professional arenas around the world, Evander Holyfield has demonstrated his commitment to excellence at every opportunity he has been given, enabling his professional record, and his fists to speak for themselves,” read promotional material with the auction announcement.

A page from the auction catalog. For information on registering for the auction, see www.juliensauctions.com.

A page from the auction catalog. For information on registering for the auction, see www.juliensauctions.com.

It made no mention of the sad circumstances likely behind the auction: The Champ is broke.

“When it falls, it falls, ” Holyfield said during an exclusive interview with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Bill Torpy last month.

The interview took place as Holyfield was being evicted from his 109-room mansion in Fayette County. Here’s a link to a gallery of photos showing the house. He was candid about his predicament but struck a hopeful chord looking forward.

“The only time you’re broke is when you have no ideas,” Holyfield said during the interview last month. “I’m a winner. I believe on Earth you will be tested. I have been tested.”

In the latest blow, Holyfield was interviewed at this summer’s London Olympics – but the NBC reporter he spoke to didn’t recognize him, and just talked to him like any other fan. He was a good sport about it, though, tweeting: “When I do the Today show I will be sure to wear a shirt that has my name on it, front and back. Probably carry a sign as well for back up!”

Such was not the case during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, when a fearless reporter from Holyfield’s hometown elbowed past security to get a word with him. Hmm. I wonder if I can find that story … oh wait, here it is!

Reporter: JENNIFER BRETT

Publication: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Section: Sports

Page: D4

Printed: 8/19/2008

Beijing — The Olympic boxing venue had a famous guest sitting in the VIP seats Monday night. Atlanta champ Evander Holyfield stopped by to take in the action.

“It’s a great venue, and the people are nice, ” he said. “But very structured.”

Security is strict, bordering on suffocating, here. And yet, sometimes things loosen up. Darting past some guards (which we don’t recommend and will never do again, promise), we managed to get down to the cordoned-off area where Holyfield sat, hoping for a few words. Immediately, security fanned out all around us.

Uh oh.

But the sight of the boxing great proved even more compelling than the opportunity to roust an unauthorized person from the swank-seats section. Guards snapped pictures of each other with Holyfield while we talked briefly and tried passing him things to autograph. He politely declined.

Holyfield, who said he will fight in Beijing in November, will be here through the closing ceremonies. He’s been taking in boxing and basketball and said he’s trying to relax some. Fans might recall he’s been through a bit of a rough patch back home lately, with financial woes and the specter of foreclosure looming.

On Monday night, he wanted to talk boxing and Beijing.

He’s seen great changes in China since his first trip in 2000, and he’s glad to see more comforts of home cropping up around town.

“I’m not accustomed to Chinese food, ” he said. “But they have Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonald’s, so I’m OK.”

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

64 comments Add your comment

WTF

August 1st, 2012
4:33 pm

frmtheblchers

August 1st, 2012
5:14 pm

hopefully his kids get the money

BravesFan79

August 1st, 2012
5:32 pm

No doubt along with Fedor, my favorite fighter of all time. But why the heck did u need a 109 bedroom mansion Holyfield?? Take some cash from a fight, buy you a good sized house for 500K with Cash, and be done with it! What horrible financial advisors this guy musta had.

lanier

August 1st, 2012
5:37 pm

this has been going on with him since he became a contender. he fired some advisor named Ken something way back because he was getting screwed money wise only to rehire this character years later.
Evander must be dense as hell

Larry

August 1st, 2012
6:54 pm

Just more evidence of how money doesn’t replace intelligence or prevent degeneracy.

He’s dumb as a box of rocks like so many boxers before him.

John

August 1st, 2012
7:12 pm

What a MORON! Just like most of the uneducated athletes. They lose all their money even though they get a ton of it.

Rope A Dope

August 1st, 2012
7:31 pm

what a catastrophe, could be of biblical proportion. at least he still thinks positive and hasn’t lost his soul.

Mark Richt

August 1st, 2012
7:34 pm

How bout them DAWGS

Mike

August 1st, 2012
7:39 pm

If he’s so damn broke – why the hell is he in London?

El Mongol

August 1st, 2012
7:39 pm

Why is it that he defaults on his financial obligations to all of these folks and everyone still talks about what a fine man Evander is? The guy is bum who spent more money than he had, Fathered children he doesn’t support and is still flying to Europe to attend the Olympics. Doesn’t anyone see that this kind of behavior is immoral and is destroying our society?

melvinowens

August 1st, 2012
8:07 pm

even more reason to tax the wealthy

Blackshepherd

August 1st, 2012
8:07 pm

I understand he has a lot of children which made him go broke plus him being clueless about LIVING within your means. What struck me is, Who lives in a house with 109 rooms? can you imagine the Electric Bill, utility bills? I mean come ON. What on Earth was he thinking? Bill GATES Billionare, richest man in america dont even have 109 rooms. Thats IS CRAZY! not to mention all the bling bling cars, women. OF course he’s broke! and I don’t feel not one bit sorry. not even a little. He had it, he threw it away, its gone. welcome back to the Real world where folks have to go to work five days a week to make a living. I doubt he can even do that. He never struck me as the brightest star. Sad? Nope..its called Life. Am I rejoicing because he’s fallen. Nope. why would I? It’s not going to change anything in my life enjoying his downfall.

What I DO think is, what a Waste of Good talent. and Money! he should have atleast bought some CDs (Money you cant touch unless you go through a LOT of tape to get it. I am disappointed because NO one thought to tell him to put a little up for a rainy day. Comon Evander, you from the south. I know grandma told you to always put something up for later.

Dawgma

August 1st, 2012
8:10 pm

Watched every pro fight he fought. Love his fighting spirit but he’s a DA like most all boxers. Great champ.

Atlanta’s champ!

Rick James

August 1st, 2012
8:23 pm

Evander’s problem is that he cant earn a living outside of the ring like a lot of other ex-boxers.Even Mike Tyson is reinventing himself and is earning again.He needs to spend some time with George Forman.

Raul Escobar

August 1st, 2012
8:39 pm

He pissed away millions being whatever he was. So much for being a role model.

Fayette Bum

August 1st, 2012
8:39 pm

I am quite sure that he’s not as broke as we think. He has lots of properties and all he has to do is sell some of them. I am also sure he could earn a living lots easier than some of us and make a lot more money. He’s a personality and still a famous one, even though that reporter failed to recognize him. Evander still has some star power left but he better hurry up and like tyson hook on to something and make money. No doubt, he blew it – I bet no one could have talked him out of having a mansion bigger than the governor of georgia. I live nearby and always though it was a grave mistake as he could not possibly afford the bills and the taxes that go with such properties for a life time after his days as a boxer ended. I was hoping he had started some businesses other than the few properties he bought and even with that, that was an 11 million dollars house! So sad people around him didn’t protect his future or he wouldn’t let them. Even if Don King took moe than he should have, he was still left with a lot of money, enough to buy an 11 million dollars house. Thanks Creftlo Dollar.

Anna J. Holder

August 1st, 2012
8:43 pm

gunga din – if you’re going to throw around a racial slur, be man/woman enough to use the correct spelling and stand by your use of the word. Bigots hiding behind anonymous blog postings are so last year.

William

August 1st, 2012
8:45 pm

Yo , Bro … gotta keep Free Willey in yo pants my ‘couse

Pat

August 1st, 2012
9:03 pm

The AJC on line is a sewage for rats like ” gunga din”, and their vile comments.

A.S.Mathew

August 1st, 2012
9:11 pm

This story is like some of the lottery winners, got millions and finally went totally broke. Perhaps, those stories can give us all some fundamental lessons of life that we must learn to live comfortably, not at all to impress the onlookers and neighbours. 109 rooms, is the no 1 paradox. Next time, when he gets money, he will not repeat the same mistake. Since he is showing a positive mentality, some miracles will happen and he will come around. All the good luck and GOD’s best!

BG

August 1st, 2012
10:14 pm

It’s the white mans fault.

Bernie

August 1st, 2012
10:29 pm

Would be nice if Rev.Dollar returned the money donated to World Changers over the years by Evander. It would certainly be something Jesus would do.

hola

August 1st, 2012
11:16 pm

to BERNIE: you are absolutely right. If only he could get some payback from Creflo Dollar-he might can get a jump start again! we all know that Holyfield gave 10 percent of his winnings/earnings to Creepy Creflo Dollar. Surely the man could do a brother a FAVOR!!

now this blog is taking a real turn for a good conversation!!!!!

M

August 1st, 2012
11:24 pm

to BERNIE and hola: Evander didn’t give his money to Pastor Dollar, he gave his money to God. That’s like saying if Evander had donated $5 million dollars to the Boys and Girls Clubs that it would be nice if the Boys and Girls Clubs gave it back to him so he could get a “jump start” again.

Choose another forum to spew your ignorance and hatred of all things ‘church.’ Thx.

Bernie

August 1st, 2012
11:48 pm

M @11:24 pm – unless some kind of miracle occurring during the collection process
I am not unaware of that is occurring at that church. I would say that if it is not, then all of those funds can be still found in the operational account of World Changers Ministries. or in the many airplanes,limos,and grandiose homes waiting to be returned.

The Girls and Boys club donations truly have gone in the service of those who are the least among us! I am not so sure about the other……….

Jennifer Brett

August 1st, 2012
11:50 pm

Pat
August 1st, 2012
9:03 pm

The AJC on line is a sewage for rats like ” gunga din”, and their vile comments.

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“Gunga Din” is gone. The comment posted by this person was removed and his/her IP address has been permanently banned.

Jennifer

Marcos L. Guzman

August 2nd, 2012
12:39 am

Evander Holyfield is an American hero. If he contacts me I will help him as others should….

Kat

August 2nd, 2012
2:22 am

Wow – he says he isn’t out of ideas yet? Here’s one – don’t buy a 109-room mansion to begin with.

outspoken1

August 2nd, 2012
7:10 am

maybe Neal could give him a job driving the Boortz Bus!

Raul

August 2nd, 2012
7:30 am

Praying you Evander… You’re the Champ and a child of God….

gm

August 2nd, 2012
7:55 am

Think about all the money he gave to Creflo Dollar, I wonder how much help he is getting from World Changes? instead of Dollar teaching propersity message he should have been teaching how to maintain financial stability.

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Justin

August 2nd, 2012
8:20 am

@ gm

August 2nd, 2012
7:55 am

Think about all the money he gave to Creflo Dollar, I wonder how much help he is getting from World Changes? instead of Dollar teaching propersity message he should have been teaching how to maintain financial stability.

Please research before you post ignorance! You have no clue what Creflo Dollar is teaching, because you get all your information from WSBTV. Just because Evander didn’t manage his finances properly has nothing to do with the Pastor’s teachings. How about getting out of your bed on Sunday and actually attending a church service somewhere. Then you won’t sound so ignorant.

RLW

August 2nd, 2012
8:46 am

He is a person just like us all inside.He did well spend well and now he has come back down to earth and dosent know really where all his money has gone! No money no real friends and no idea of how to control money once you make that kind of money you HAVE to make that money work for you,I will pray for him and his family,,,,Here is my problem with this why not pay off the house,11 million dollar house and you earn 29-30 million per fight,,,,

zoe

August 2nd, 2012
8:46 am

Evander Holyfield is a person who would have benefitted from a bit more schooling. Creflo Dollar is a flim flam man who rips off people stupid enough to believe him. Anybody out there blessed with common sense??

Carl the Groundskeeper

August 2nd, 2012
8:52 am

Who is going to keep paying for Creflo’s Bentley and houses in the Carribean now that Evander is broke?

raul

August 2nd, 2012
9:08 am

This guy thinks eveyone should know who he is and should be given special treatment. He is just an arrogant washed up boxer. Back in the 80’s I was on the same plane with him and he was mad and being argumentative with the stewardess because he had a coach ticket and wanted a seat in first class, saying to her loudly ” it’s empty seat here why can’t I sat here”. They sent him all the way to the back of the plane. I was dying laughing and laugh ever time i think about it. On top of that he was late and holding up the plane, but that wasn’t funny. God Bless him but he can only help himself.

The Austrian Brotherhood

August 2nd, 2012
9:11 am

“How about getting out of your bed on Sunday and actually attending a church service somewhere.”

And pray to your false God? Not interested.

Hey Jennifer, give us a call babe.

Falcon

August 2nd, 2012
9:35 am

Learned about his character when he wouldn’t even give my 8 yr old son an autograph at an IHOP in Fayetteville….

gm

August 2nd, 2012
9:48 am

Justin

Please tell me what causes have Dollars stand up for in your community? Please tell me how many boys clubs, community centers, on Old National Hyw he has built? Oh I forgot you can do that when you are preaching propersity and flying back and forth Ny collecting money from everywhere.

Dollars used Evander like he has the rest of you clowns,

Tman

August 2nd, 2012
9:50 am

From his humble beginnings as a teenager? Or do you mean his poverty stricken beginnings. He should have known better. I do feel for him because of his ignorance. Cref is a PIMP/SHYSTER that used him and is using the masses in that church.

JW

August 2nd, 2012
10:02 am

If you take a million dollars away from someone who’s earned it, they’ll make it back. If you give a million to someone who hasn’t earned it, they’ll lose it. Its how it works.

Whether its education, common sense, or responsibility (or the lack thereof) it happens.

Maybe he didn’t realize that you can’t be a boxer until you turn 65 and then collect social security.

Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance… someone should have told him this at a young age.

All makes for good headlines though. Hope he gets his life figured out and has a good time at the olympics…

2ruff4u

August 2nd, 2012
10:10 am

when Evander gave Rev Dollar and his money enterprise over $25,000,000, Rev Dollar maybe said thank you. (since after all he did “owe” it to them). When Evander ran onto hard time from overspending, Rev Dollar said he needed to fight out of it. (no help from the Dollar machine you can bet)
Maybe if Evander would have gotten a financial advisor (other than the good Rev Dollar), he might still have a “dollar” or even two left.
It’s a sad state that we see everyday, poor lad does good, gets rich quick, gets even poorer even faster. All the “good & true” friends that were feeding off of him, where are they now? feeding off somebody else now.
Mr Obama wants to share that wealth with everybody since Evander “didn’t get there get there on hios own”!
Socialism at its worst!

The truth b told

August 2nd, 2012
10:14 am

Awesome, another dumb athlete stimulating the economy. Thanks Chump.

blainewiththebluescarf

August 2nd, 2012
10:49 am

who f.r.e.a.k.i.n.g. cares?

Sanjeev

August 2nd, 2012
10:55 am

I’m confused, Evander is so broke his house was foreclosed on and he is selling his memorabilia, yet has the money for a vacation in London????

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