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A Ringside Conversation with Boxing Legend Evander Holyfield

An Exclusive Interview With The Only 4x Heavyweight World Champion

Tony has had the privilege of working with some of the most amazing athletes in history. Today he sits down ring-side with 4-time Heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield. In this exclusive interview, Holyfield talks about what it was like growing up, his peak career moments, the notorious fight with Mike Tyson, and the possibility of stepping back into the ring all these years later. Tony guides Holyfield through an epic retelling and reveal of what it means to be a part of a comeback story and how boxing is so much more than just a physical battle. It’s about marrying the physical body, psychology, spirit, and soul for the ultimate combination of skills.

Holyfield recounts the moment that changed his life at The Boys Club, the three best pieces of advice his mother gave him that guide him through his life, and what he learned from losing almost half a billion dollars. At 58 years old, Holyfield is still training as hard as ever, and hoping for a third match up against Tyson to finish out their trilogy. In the video version of this interview, Holyfield invites Tony into his personal training ring for some punching practice. To see this extended interview, check out our YouTube page.

We hope you enjoy this episode!

“The greatest boxers in history are the ones that can combine their psychology, their spirit, their soul, and their physical body to produce extraordinary results.” – Tony Robbins


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EPISODE NOTES

[00:00] Brought to you by UPWvirtual.com/pod

[00.33] Tony: Welcome to the podcast

[01:50] Holyfield ID/Intro

[02:09] What was it like in the beginning?

[02:58] Started fighting at 8 yrs old story

[03:43] Who influenced your life the most?

[04:10] At 8, I was told I could be the heavyweight champion of the world

[06:00] All my brothers and sisters hit me, so I’m accustomed to getting hit!

[06:40] 3 best pieces of advice

[07:02] At 58, you want to fight Mike Tyson again

[08:35] Thousands vs millions – Cruiserweight vs Heavyweight

[09:30] Competition with Mike Tyson

[10:35] Where does your toughness come from?

[11:30] Holyfield’s Prom story

[12:45] What would your mom be most proud of you for today?

[14:40] Half a billion. You lost it all – what did you learn from that?

[17:10] Mindset of growing up poor

[19:25] You have the body of a 25 year old!

[20:50] Making the Olympic team

[22:40] Psychology of fighting

[24:10] If you want something, you have to work hard

[26:20] Repetition makes you better

[28:00] Holyfield’s rituals and habits

[29:27] First time I lost a fight

[31:50] Being a man of faith

[34:20] Advice to his 11 children

[36:00] I’ve lost 11 times 

[37:30] What boxing means to Holyfield

[39:10] What’s inspiring him now

[40:00] The moment that changed his life at The Boys Club

[44:45] What he’s most grateful for

[46:00] Tony’s sign off

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