Ring Magazine FOTY 1997 Belt, Holyfield


Belt presented to Evander Holyfield by The Ring magazine as their 1997 “Fighter of the Year”.

Evander Holyfield, nicknamed the “Real Deal”, was born on October 19, 1962, in Atmore, Alabama.

Holyfield won the bronze medal in the Light Heavyweight division at the 1984 Olympic Games. He reigned as the Undisputed Champion in both the Cruiserweight and Heavyweight divisions, being the first in history to do so. He is the only fighter to win a portion of the World Heavyweight Championship four times. Holyfield retired in 2014.

Evander Holyfield was awarded The Ring magazine “Fighter of the Year” distinction three times in his career: in 1987, 1996 and 1997.

Holyfield fought twice in 1997, two rematches against Mike Tyson and Michael Moorer.

Holyfield’s rematch with Tyson took place on June 28, 1997. Known as “The Bite Fight,” Holyfield won by disqualification in three rounds, after Tyson bit both of his ears.

On November 8, 1997, came another rematch, this time against Michael Moorer, who had recovered the IBF’s world title. Holyfield knocked Moorer to the canvas five times until the 8th round, before the referee stopped the fight under the advice of the physician.

The belt comes with a LOA from Craig Hamilton/JO Sports.

It is sold framed as shown on the image(s) (small tear at the top of the magazine).

The outside dimensions are approx. 39×69 inches (100×175 cm).

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Price on request