TravelGuides – Massive Evander Holyfield statue unveiled in Atlanta

TravelGuides – Massive Evander Holyfield statue unveiled in Atlanta

Four-time world heavyweight boxing champion and Atlanta native Evander Holyfield was readily available in the town Friday for the revealing of his bigger-than-life statue exterior State Farm Arena. 

Holyfield, 58, was born in Alabama however his household moved to Georgia when he was a child and he quickly began boxing on the Atlanta Boys Club, in response to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

“I’m honored to be here today and I thank all the people in my life that gave me this,” Holyfield stated whereas standing subsequent to his 10-foot tall, 2,500-pound likeness earlier than posing for images. “If you don’t quit, you’ll get there. I’m the person who just didn’t quit. Mistakes? I made a lot of ‘em. But I didn’t quit.”

“Mistakes? I made a lot of ‘em. But I didn’t quit.”

— Evander Holyfield

When requested if he would think about getting again into the ring with Mike Tyson (who memorably bit off a bit of Holyfield’s ear throughout a bout in 1997 and lately did an exhibition battle with Roy Jones Jr.), Holyfield stated he was “good.”

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“I have done everything I wanted to do,” he stated. “I had a great career. … I’m the only guy who’s been the heavyweight champion four times, I’ve been champion in two weight divisions, I made the Olympic team.”

Legendary boxer Evander Holyfield stands next to a bronze statue of himself that was unveiled outside the State Farm Arena, Friday, June 25, 2021, in Atlanta. (Associated Press)

Legendary boxer Evander Holyfield stands subsequent to a bronze statue of himself that was unveiled exterior the State Farm Arena, Friday, June 25, 2021, in Atlanta. (Associated Press)

But he didn’t dismiss the concept outright, teasing, “We’ll see what happens.”

The bronze statue was sculpted 4 years in the past however then sat in storage gathering mud for 2 years whereas the town looked for a house for it. 

Sculptor Brian Hanlon — who additionally did the statue of Atlanta Hawks star Dominique Wilkins on the sector’s south plaza — was commissioned in 2017 and completed the bronze likeness in 2019. 

“It didn’t take the sculptor but about six months, but since that time it’s been looking for a home,” Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts stated. “In a lot of cases … there was opposition from citizens who felt that tourists would be coming at all times of day (and) the commotion would disrupt their quality of life.”

Finally, Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin and State Farm Arena, the location of the previous Omni the place the “Real Deal” first grew to become a world champion over Dwight Muhammad Qawi in 1986, supplied a spot.

Legendary boxer Evander Holyfield before the unveiling of a bronze statue of him outside the State Farm Arena, Friday, June 25, 2021, in Atlanta. (Associated Press)

Legendary boxer Evander Holyfield earlier than the revealing of a bronze statue of him exterior the State Farm Arena, Friday, June 25, 2021, in Atlanta. (Associated Press)

Holyfield received bronze in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles after which his first 28 professional fights as a cruiserweight and heavyweight on the best way to a file of 44-10-1.

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Holyfield stated he wasn’t certain he appreciated boxing at first, however because the youngest of 9 kids, he seen he acquired particular consideration from his mother when he introduced house trophies, the Journal-Constitution reported. 

“I found out when I brought that first trophy home … when everybody come in the house, they’d look at that trophy, and say, ‘Ms. (Annie) Holyfield, who is the boxer?’ She’d smile and say, ‘That little one right there.’ They’d say, ‘He little,’ but my momma say, ‘He can fight, though.’”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

TravelGuides – Massive Evander Holyfield statue unveiled in Atlanta