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Evander Holyfield statue unveiled in Atlanta

evander holyfield statue

Apr 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Former heavy weight boxing champion Evander Holyfield shown watching the game between the Atlanta Hawks against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

A statue of retired boxing legend Evander Holyfield was unveiled today outside of State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Home of the NBA's eastern conference finalist Hawks.

Evander Holyfield statue unveiled in front of State Farm Arena

Holyfield, 58, was born in Alabama but his family moved to Atlanta in his youth, and he learned to box there. He is the only four-time world heavyweight boxing champion and Olympic medalist. He won the bronze in the light heavyweight division in Los Angeles in 1984.

The Holyfield statue was created by Brian Hanlon, who is the official sculptor of the NBA Hall of Fame. He also crafted the statue of Atlanta Hawks icon Dominique Wilkins that is displayed outside the arena.

Holyfield's career record stands at 44-10-2.

He was scheduled to return to the ring on June 5 in an eight-round exhibition bout against Kevin McBride on the Teofimo Lopez versus George Kambosos event undercard, promoted by Triller Fight Club. However, that event was postponed after Lopez tested positive for COVID-19,and now, Holyfield is scheduled to meet an opponent yet to be determined on August 14.

--Field Level Media