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Tuesday's Connector: Evander Holyfield

August 31st, 2010
09:07 PM ET

World-famous American boxer Evander Holyfield is famous for his gladiatorial battles-of-the-ring with the likes of Mike Tyson, Michael Moorer and Lennox Lewis and more than two decades after beginning his career, Holyfield is still fighting.

Evander Holyfield is the only boxer to win the heavyweight title four times.
Evander Holyfield is the only boxer to win the heavyweight title four times.

There are also rumors that Holyfield, who boasts a record of 43 wins from 55 bouts, is about to match up with retired Danish boxer Brian Nielsen later in the year.

But, it isn't only boxing that Holyfield has his eye on.

The former heavyweight champion and Olympic bronze medalist, who famously had part of his ear bitten off by Tyson during a world-title fight in 1997, has also become a bit of an environmentalist, turning his Atlanta, Georgia estate into a renewable energy playground by building a solar farm along side an organic garden at his ranch.

As one of only three men in history to have been crowned world heavyweight champion three times in a career, the one dubbed 'The Real Deal' hopes to make green history with his actions.

Here's your chance to send in your questions to boxer Evander Holyfield.

Do you want to know what his most memorable match was? Why does he enjoy boxing? How has his efforts on the environmental front gone?

Please leave your questions below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

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  1. michael mc laughlin

    my brother was fighting for ireland in 1972 olimpics hs name was neil mc laughlin did you ever here of him

    August 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  2. michael mc laughlin

    what was the hardest you ever fought and with how

    August 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  3. Lawrence Griffiths

    Boxers who fought Mike Tyson generally backed up and defended themselves. I remember the look of astonishment on his face when he started his fight with you and you did not back up but hit him back and made him back up. Did you think you had this fight won after this first engagement?

    August 31, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  4. T Messick

    Evander,

    I think it is great you are trying to improve our environment by going "Green". My only question is why have you contributed to the world's pollution by having so many children with so many different girl friends? Especially since you are a married man.

    August 31, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  5. Joe Pineault

    Hey Champ,
    I was trained by Canadian coaches Taylor and Wayne Gordon, whom I believe you've known since the '84 Olympics. They've told me over the years that you attend the amateur boxing competitions at every Olympics. My question for you is, do you attend the amateur events to support boxing, or to scout new talent?

    Just curious.

    Good luck in your next fight. You're my favorite fighter!

    September 1, 2010 at 12:20 am | Reply
  6. Orville Boutilier

    Dear Mr. Holyfield:

    No question, just a thank you for being the biggest star in Boxing and an inspiration beyond that of ANY other boxer in my 54 years of memory. Yes, I said ANY boxer. I hope you get this, and I hope you have a sense of what you mean to true boxing fans who recognize the heart and talent of an athlete of your stature.

    Sincerely,
    Orville Boutilier

    September 1, 2010 at 1:01 am | Reply
  7. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Evander Holyfield and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Evander Holyfield on the following questions:

    – What is your opinion on the way Barack Hussein Obama is Improving the Boxing World?

    – What is your opinion on the way Barack Hussein Obama is Improving the Health, Safety and Well-being of ALL Sports?

    – What is your opinion on Heroin, Cocaine, Marihuana(Cannabis) and Prescription Drugs(medication) Addiction in the Boxing World?

    I am awaiting Evander Holyfield’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    September 1, 2010 at 1:28 am | Reply
  8. JOHN WILSON

    if kimbo slice wants to fight you, will you accept?

    September 1, 2010 at 3:00 am | Reply
  9. James

    What made you come out of retirement to start boxing again? Who do you think is pound for pound the greatest now?

    James
    Malaysia

    September 1, 2010 at 4:25 am | Reply
  10. Björn Svenhard

    Dear sir,

    Do you think you could match Mr. Valujev from Russia and if yes, what's your/his pros and cons?

    Regards, Bjorn Svenhard, Sweden

    September 1, 2010 at 4:49 am | Reply
  11. Robert

    Hi Evander
    First off, congrats on a great career. Ive heard a lot of people comment on this and I have my own opinion, but I wondered how you thought the Klitschko's would line up against past greats. I often think they arent given the credit they deserve.
    Was also great to see you an iron Mike make up on Oprah. First time I'd ever watched her show and was a great watch!
    All the Best
    Rob
    (Australia)

    September 1, 2010 at 5:03 am | Reply
  12. Helen

    Are you born again?

    September 1, 2010 at 5:11 am | Reply
  13. Joseph

    What do you regret the most in your life/career?

    September 1, 2010 at 5:42 am | Reply
  14. David Ward

    In your career, who hit you the hardest?

    Costa Rica

    September 1, 2010 at 5:43 am | Reply
  15. Jonathan Yim

    who do you believe is the current p4p in the world

    September 1, 2010 at 7:12 am | Reply
  16. Thomas

    Evander,
    For many, you are an idol.
    Who is your idol/ rolemodel?
    Cheers,
    Thomas from Rome, Italy

    September 1, 2010 at 7:25 am | Reply
  17. D. Ren

    After Tyson bit off your ear you were asked how you felt about him doing that. You were quoted as saying, "I have a forgiving heart." How do you keep a forgiving heart?

    September 1, 2010 at 7:27 am | Reply
  18. Nonpro, Thailand

    1. Who ( US President ) is the most powerful in your mind and why ?
    2. Why world's famous US boxer mostly fight together only in the state
    no any others place in the world or depend on the associate

    I do agreed with you for going GREEN

    September 1, 2010 at 8:32 am | Reply
  19. Michael

    Which two boxing greats do you most admire and why?

    September 1, 2010 at 8:34 am | Reply
  20. rich

    Hi Is it true Evander that you are by.

    September 1, 2010 at 9:58 am | Reply
  21. Aki

    Who in your opinion was the greatest boxer of all times?

    From Switzerland,

    September 1, 2010 at 10:15 am | Reply
  22. Francesco Rossi

    Heavyweight Boxing has had may greats in the past and youre one of them. The present boxers in the heavyweight division dont seem to excite many people, and dont have much attention in the media as well. Im not sure many people could name the heavyweight champs today! Has heavywiehgt boxing lost its charm, its magnetism, and have the middleweights and lightweights taken something away from heavyweight boxing?

    September 1, 2010 at 10:29 am | Reply
  23. larry adams

    How do you maintain such an incredible physical condition in spite of your age? Is it all work out and diet? Evander, you are a role model for a christian. I heard you a faithful tither, is that true?- larry adams.

    September 1, 2010 at 11:33 am | Reply
  24. Kingsley Ikeogu

    Evander how can I be a great boxer like you?

    September 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  25. Taras

    You are Talent..Mr.Evander!

    September 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  26. JR

    What's going threw your mind when your walking out to the ring?

    September 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  27. Eric Boakye Essim

    Evander must know better,bcos he's gettin old n the more u get old the weaker u bcome

    September 7, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  28. Obby

    Hi champ, congrats 4 ua career. Look 4ward to meet u.

    September 7, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  29. GIBRILLA LAMARA

    Mr hollfied you defeted iron mike tyson,how do you feel? Thank you. Sierra leone

    September 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Reply

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