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Evander Holyfield


1962 Born October 19 in Atmore, Alabama.
1967 Family moves to Atlanta, Georgia
1970 Begins boxing lessons at Warren Memorial Boys Club, trains with Carter Morgan
1978 Death of Carter Morgan, trainer and mentor
1980 Begins amateur boxing
1984 Birth of Evander's first son, Evander Jr., with fiancée Paulette Bowen
1984 Participates on Olympic Boxing Team, gets to finals
1984 Begins professional boxing, as a cruiserweight
1985 Marries Paulette Bowen, May 17
1988 Becomes undisputed World Cruiserweight Champion
1989 Begins boxing as heavyweight, undertakes "Project Omega" to bulk up
1990 Becomes undisputed World Heavyweight Champion
1990 Paulette files for divorce
1992 Loses heavyweight title to Riddick Bowe, October
1993 Regains WBA and IBF heavyweight title from Bowe, November 6
1994 Loses heavyweight title, to Michael Moorer
1996 Mother, Annie, dies after car accident
1996 Marries Dr. Janice Itson, October 3
1996 Defeats Mike Tyson, November 9
1997 In third round of rematch, Mike Tyson bites off part of Holyfield's ear
1997 November, retakes IBF heavyweight title, from Michael Moorer
1998 Settles paternity suit filed by Tamie Dewan Evans, who claims Holyfield is the father of her daughter; court records sealed
1999 March, controversial "draw" in fight with Lennox Lewis lets him keep title
1999 April, Janice files for divorce
1999 November, loses title to Lennox Lewis in rematch
2000 Divorce from Janice finalized, July 10
2000 Wins WBA title from John Ruiz

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