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35 Inspirational Evander Holyfield Quotes On Success

Last Updated Nov 2023

35 Inspirational Evander Holyfield Quotes On Success

Evander Holyfield is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2011. He reigned as the undisputed champion at cruiserweight in the late 1980s and at heavyweight in the early 1990s, and remains the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two weight classes. Nicknamed “the Real Deal”, Holyfield is the only four-time world heavyweight champion, having held the unified WBA, WBC, and IBF titles from 1990 to 1992, the WBA and IBF titles again from 1993 to 1994, the WBA title a third time from 1996 to 1999; the IBF title a third time from 1997 to 1999 and the WBA title for a fourth time from 2000 to 2001. As an amateur, Holyfield represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the light heavyweight division. He turned professional at the age of 21, moving up to cruiserweight in 1985 and winning his first world championship the following year, defeating Dwight Muhammad Qawi for the WBA title. Holyfield then went on to defeat Ricky Parkey and Carlos de León to win the WBC and IBF titles, thus becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion. He moved up to heavyweight in 1988, later defeating Buster Douglas in 1990 to claim the unified WBA, WBC and IBF heavyweight titles and the undisputed heavyweight championship. He successfully defended his titles three times, scoring victories over former champions George Foreman and Larry Holmes, before suffering his first professional loss to Riddick Bowe in 1992. Holyfield regained the crown in a rematch one year later, defeating Bowe for the WBA and IBF titles (Bowe having relinquished the WBC title beforehand). Holyfield later lost these titles in an upset against Michael Moorer in 1994. May these Evander Holyfield Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “When at a young age you learn to face your fears, that makes the difference between people being champions and people not being champions.” Evander Holyfield

2. “Pressure bursts pipes. I thank God for giving me peace of mind to overcome pressure. The difference between winning and losing is when pressure hits.” Evander Holyfield

3. “A setback only paves the way for a comeback.” Evander Holyfield

4. “We lived in a real rough place but my mother kept me straight.” Evander Holyfield

5. “If you quit every time things don’t go your way, then you’ll be quitting all through your life.” Evander Holyfield

6. “Everyone has freedom to say whatever they want to say. I think it takes a stronger person to hold their tongue as opposed to speaking out.” Evander Holyfield

7. “I lived in a project and didn’t have a good education. But I’d listen to the preacher, who said that God would show me the way. Everything starts from that confidence.” Evander Holyfield

8. “When you have a sound mind, you can do what’s necessary.” Evander Holyfield

9. “Well, number one I like dancing. Number two I knew it would be challenging because I had never done this type of dance before. I always wanted to and I happened to have the courage to go out there and give it my best shot.” Evander Holyfield

10. “It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.” Evander Holyfield

11. “I’ve had a great life following my faith and my instincts.” Evander Holyfield

12. “The most important thing about being a father is being able to forgive yourself. If you don’t forgive yourself, you’re not going to forgive your kids, either.” Evander Holyfield

13. “As far as working out, I know exactly what I’m doing.” Evander Holyfield

14. “Sugar leaves you stranded; I make sure I have the proper amount of protein before I work out.” Evander Holyfield

15. “I came up poor. My mother only had a fourth-grade education. My dad didn’t have any education at all. But they were very structured. They worked hard. You know, they didn’t complain. They didn’t murmur.” Evander Holyfield

16. “Either I believe I can be the best heavyweight fighter in the world and beat everyone, or I will not. I feel I can beat everyone as a heavyweight.” Evander Holyfield

17. “Odds are just the people opinion. Respect your own opinion.” Evander Holyfield

18. “Every time someone starts talking about weight, it takes away from the fight. No one is born at that weight. We grew into that weight. It is all about the challenge, more so than the weight.” Evander Holyfield

19. “Stay on your toes and always move forward.” Evander Holyfield

20. “My goal is to be the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World.” Evander Holyfield

21. “When you refuse to fight guys because you say you are better than them, that is not really being the best. If I could just fight certain fighters that fit my style, I would look great in all of them.” Evander Holyfield

22. “A champion shows who he is by what he does when he’s tested. When a person gets up and says ‘I can still do it’, he’s a champion.” Evander Holyfield

23. “If you don’t take no chances, then you’re not a performer. Performers always take chances. You go see a singer, they’ll hit the high note. They’ll hit that note, they’re not afraid, they’re gonna exaggerate the fact and make me enjoy it, make me say, ‘Wow, I wish I could do that!” Evander Holyfield

24. “When you do not change up a lot, people may know you a lot better than they should.” Evander Holyfield

25. “People who make the choice to study, work hard or do whatever they endeavor is to give it the max on themselves to reach to the top level. And you have the people who get envy and jealous, yet are not willing to put that work in, and they want to get the same praise.” Evander Holyfield

26. “Well, when I think of steroids I think of an image. You have the advantage over someone, which is a form of cheating. I guess it wouldn’t be right unless it was legal for everybody. The reason it’s not legal for everybody is because it can hurt people seriously.” Evander Holyfield

27. “The main thing about Bruce Lee is that, he was a little guy. And you know, his quickness, his aggressiveness, his explosive power, you have to be a great athlete to have all these, his body, his look, you know, all these things have to do with discipline and structure. He was able to go against the biggest guy, regardless of who he was.” Evander Holyfield

28. “Fighters find it hard to give up doing what they do best – fighting for a living.” Evander Holyfield

29. “I think my whole living in vain involves me. I know that the biggest help for me is to help someone else in so many different ways.” Evander Holyfield

30. “A sight game is that I am hurt, but I aim to make you believe I am not even hurt, and with this confidence appearing on my face, I don’t panic, otherwise your opponent will know that you are hurt. That’s the whole art game in boxing.” Evander Holyfield

31. “The game’s been good to me and I hope I’ve been good to the game. I’m 50 years old and I’ve pretty much did everything that I wanted to do in boxing.” Evander Holyfield

32. “I do not lose; I just do not get decisions sometimes. You lose when you quit. I have never quit. When it comes down to a decision, judges make a decision as to which fighter they want to win the fight. I have always been able to survive no matter whom they decide to give the fight to.” Evander Holyfield

33. “Deep down, I reckon the sweetest moment will come when it’s finally all over. When, at last, I know that I can stop fighting. Of course it’ll also be a little sad. The sweetest moments, y’know, always come with just a little sadness.” Evander Holyfield

34. “The word of God steadies me. He says your trials and tribulations make you who you are. So you can see my whole story in the way I endured and overcame some testing experiences.” Evander Holyfield

35. “I lost my first fight at the Boys Club at 11 years old and quit the team. My mother told me I had to go back because she didn’t raise no quitter. I lost a second fight and quit again and still my mother wouldn’t let me. She made me go back and try again.” Evander Holyfield

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