Evander Holyfield

Former heavyweight champion of the world, Evander Holyfield joins the 57th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival as a celebrity guest.

Born in Atmore, AL, in 1962, Holyfield is the youngest of eight children and became intrigued with boxing at the Boys Club in Atlanta where he began his boxing career at age eight. He boasts the defeat of eleven major world heavyweight title-holders including Michael Dokes, Pinktop Thomas, Buster Douglas, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, Mike Tyson, John Ruiz, Hasim Rahman, and CHris Byrd.

Outside the ring, Holyfield's top priority is taking care of his nine children and extended family, helping those in need through the work of the Holyifeld Foundation, and building his business interestes including his clothing company and record company.