1962 – Born on October 19th in Atmore, Alabama. American boxer, the only professional fighter to win the heavyweight championship four separate times and thereby surpass the record of Muhammad Ali, who won it three times.
1984 – As an amateur boxer, Holyfield compiled a record of 160–14 and won the National Golden Gloves Championship.
– Competing as a light heavyweight at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, he was disqualified in the semifinal bout for knocking out his opponent, Kevin Barry of New Zealand, while the referee was attempting to separate the fighters. Amid controversy, the International Olympic Committee subsequently awarded Holyfield the bronze medal.
1986 – He won the junior heavyweight title by upsetting World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi in a 15-round split decision.
1988 – With an eighth-round knockout of Carlos DeLeon, Holyfield became boxing’s first undisputed cruiserweight champion. Three months later he fought his first heavyweight bout, knocking out James Tillis in five rounds.
1992 – After successful defenses against former champions George Foreman and Larry Holmes, Holyfield lost the title on November 13th, dropping a 12-round decision to Riddick Bowe. In a rematch with Bowe one year later, he recaptured the WBA and IBF titles in another decision.
1994 – On April 22nd, in a World Boxing Organization match and Holyfield’s first defense after regaining the titles, he lost a 12-round decision to Michael Moorer.
– After the bout, he was diagnosed with a heart defect and announced his retirement. The diagnosis was later reversed.
1995 – Holyfield resumed boxing, winning a 10-round decision over Ray Mercer on May 20th. In his third fight with Bowe, on November 4th, Holyfield scored a knockdown in the sixth round but lost by a knockout in the eighth.
1996 – After defeating Bobby Czyz in his next match, Holyfield met heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in a much-anticipated WBA bout on November 9th.
– Though Tyson was heavily favoured to win, Holyfield scored a stunning upset with a technical knockout in the 11th round, becoming the heavyweight champion for a third time.
1997 – He successfully defended his title on June 28th, in a rematch against Tyson, who was disqualified after the third round for biting Holyfield’s ears.
1999 – In his next important title defense, he faced the British fighter and WBC champion Lennox Lewis. On March 13th, the judges determined the bout a draw, though nearly all observers felt the match belonged to Lewis.
2000-2001 – On August 12th, Holyfield defeated John Ruiz to win the vacant WBA heavyweight title but lost to Ruiz in a rematch the following year. In December of that year Holyfield and Ruiz met again; the bout ended as a draw, allowing Ruiz to keep the title.