Evan "Yung Holy" Holyfield Set To Make Professional Debut
On Canelo-Kovalev Undercard
Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, said, "Heading into our 42nd
year in business, it's just wonderful to be able to debut
Evan Holyfield on the biggest fight card of the year. His
father, Evander, made his pro debut with Main Events on
November 15, 1984 - almost exactly 35 years ago. I'm
thrilled to have two generations from this family of
incredible athletes under the Main Events' banner."
Evan has assembled a top-notch team fighting out of the
Fighter Nation Boxing Gym in Houston, Texas. His
trainer/manager is Maurice "Termite" Watkins (61-5-2, 42
KOs) and his strength and conditioning coach is Tim
Hallmark, who has over 40 years of experience and is
best-known for working with Evander Holyfield throughout his
"I know people called Evander 'Real Deal' but Evan is the
real deal," said Watkins. "There is pressure on him for this
big card and because he has the Holyfield name, but that is
part of the game. To be a great world champion you must be
able to handle the pressure. You got to handle whatever
circumstances are thrown at you."
He explained, "Evan's conditioning is incredible, but he is
also amazingly talented with speed and power in both hands.
We are training him to be skillful. We are going to look for
him to hit and move."
"We are prepared for a fight," added Watkins. "We are ready
to show our stuff and we are excited about being part of the
Main Events team with Kathy Duva."
Holyfield's strength and conditioning coach, Tim Hallmark,
said "We are constantly challenging Evan in different ways,
and he is always up to those challenges. We are challenging
him physically and mentally to keep him out of a rut. We are
just trying to stay on the cutting edge and constantly
looking at a better way to reach our end result."
He continued, "We are excited about this opportunity. Evan
has come a long way and he is a hard worker. He is mentally
strong and very intelligent. He is a pleasure to work with.
We will be ready for November 2nd."
According to Main Events' Matchmaker, Jolene Mizzone, "I am
excited and honored to work with Evan and his entire team to
get him to that championship level one day. I am going to
fly the plane (make the fights) but he is the one who going
to have to land it (win the fights). I have complete faith
in him, his abilities and his team, Termite and Tim."