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Evan “Yung Holy” Holyfield looking to stay active in 2021

'I don't have to talk about boxing if Im always boxing.'

It’s full speed ahead for undefeated super welterweight Evan “Yung Holy” Holyfield (5-0-0, 4 KOs) in 2021.

Holyfield, 23, fought three times in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. He is undefeated in five fights and seems to be at ease with being the son of four-time world heavyweight champion and hall of famer Evander Holyfield.

“I really don’t see it as pressure,” Holyfield explained on TKO Countdown. “I came out the womb and my name has been Holyfield ever since. It kind of comes with the territory, people expect you to be much more than what you are. Really pretty much at everything. My Dad wasn’t the smartest person, but people expect just because you have a great name, you should be getting good grades or you should be the fastest person to win the race or the strongest person in the group. It really helped me figure who I really was for myself.”

You can’t really grow to flourish if you really put yourself in a box and try to be somebody else.

A lot of eyes are on Holyfield right now and despite some criticisms in terms of footwork and defence, he remains a prospect that many are projecting to blossom in the next year.

During the interview, Holyfield explained that he is using the Reflexion sports cognitive acceleration technology to improve his response time, adding that Reflexion is also sponsoring him.

“My most important goal is to stay active,” Holyfield said. “The whole COVID-19 thing going on, my personal matters and stuff, just keep doing what I have to do. I don’t have to talk about boxing if Im always boxing.

“I’m excited for the year to see what it has to offer.”


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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