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Connector of the Day: Evander Holyfield

October 8th, 2009
06:30 PM ET

World-famous American boxer Evander Holyfield may be famous for his gladiatorial battles-of-the-ring with the likes of Mike Tyson, Michael Moorer and Lennox Lewis, but the 46-year-old pugilist is about to take on an altogether new opponent.

Holyfield, who boasts a record of 42 wins from 54 bouts, is hoping to use his winning formula from the boxing world to help climate change in the wider world.

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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, is working to turn 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.

But what do you think of Holyfield's plans? Post your questions below for Holyfield and we’ll put as many as we can to him on Friday's Connect the World.

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Dr madojutimi TOPE.Sagamu,Nigeria.

    Hi,am really glad that another high profile individual like Evander is joining the effort on climate change,it a great news,ofcourse on awareness campagne.

    October 8, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  2. thomas kavanagh

    Not being rude

    But with all famous people doing the same thing. Taking up topics that they never worried about before. What will make your go at it more different.

    October 8, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  3. Tom

    Great to see you championing a great cause.
    what should people in poorer countries in sub-saharan africa do
    better and cheaply.

    October 8, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  4. carlos

    Do it....heel the world....ooorah! at least some rich people think about the world not just military..

    October 9, 2009 at 12:57 am | Reply
  5. yvonne kerrDouglas

    Please explain how the 2 scenarios could be transferred to and be utilized by poor countries totally dependent on expensive oil and fertilizer , particularly in the Agricultural sector of Caribbean Islands....

    October 9, 2009 at 2:22 am | Reply
  6. donald Fenne 3rd

    Yeah why is he not beating them russian's the warrior needs to go out with all title's he stood lewis he can do it.Tyson good money but he lost his rage I think holyfield can make it to the top why not people been talking him down including me since the first tyson fight.Head butts is it true?

    October 9, 2009 at 2:32 am | Reply
  7. Mark Machado


    YES. That is super sick! (and I don't normally post comments)...

    Bring it!

    October 9, 2009 at 2:40 am | Reply
  8. David Muzumbuku

    Mr. Holyfield, at what point in your career did you start contemplating about Climate Change? Why now? Are you just looking for a cause to fight boredom, or are you pro Climate Change for real?

    October 9, 2009 at 3:14 am | Reply
  9. Roberts

    My thy will be done. We need men likeyou who will use the much money they have earned to so something constructive to the society.

    October 9, 2009 at 3:22 am | Reply
  10. Gino

    Sir, Do you think that, in your prime, you could have beaten Rocky Marciano?

    Either on points or by KO.

    Sorry my question doesn't relate to climate change but it is a question that I have been mulling over for some time.

    October 9, 2009 at 6:33 am | Reply
  11. Ishmael Mosinyi

    Evander, you have connected with many a punch against your opponents in the ring and you have always come across as an excellent role model for those around you. Do you think that developed nations should somehow compensate third world countries for costs they incur in relation to climate change, e.g. floods, health related issues etc?

    October 9, 2009 at 7:21 am | Reply
  12. Tony Gordon

    you should be congratulated fro doing something for the world we live in, now and for the future.

    How many kilowatts will your system be capable of generating?
    Will you generate enough power to feed back into the power grid?
    I am not familiar with the weather in your area, do you get plenty of sunshine.
    I recently installed solar hot water and it is showing a power saving.

    Tony Gordon

    October 9, 2009 at 7:24 am | Reply
  13. Peter Wilhelmsson

    I am a fan of yours and It is great to hear that you are using your name, time and energy to fight for a better world. In your efforts to affect climate change, will you also promote healthy lifestyle, healthy organic foods and sustainable small farming agriculture, working against the forces of genetic modification and a petro-chemical based big Agra that is working to dominate the world. Clean water, fair trade, small organic farms with local production is better for the earth, planet and indiginous peoples than corporation and profit driven big agra solutions that make farmers dependent on multi-international corporations. Are you also passionate about stopping the cutting down of rain forests and saving the oceans?
    Greetings from Falun, Sweden Peter Wilhelmsson, Naturopath

    October 9, 2009 at 7:41 am | Reply
  14. jerome Hayes

    Hello Mr. Evander Holyfield,
    Being that i live less than two miles from your residence, is it possible that i can obtain a pass to tour your renewable energy playground? Also, if my request is permitted, can i also see your organic garden along with a tour of your beautiful home? Thanks, i'm looking forward to your answers. P.S. i'm in the military in Kuwait right now so, let's say some time around mid January. Thanks again.

    October 9, 2009 at 8:36 am | Reply
  15. ADDY

    As you were a former boxer, how can you apply the knowledge from that to your work now, and what're you gonna do to tell the people around the world to save this world because of global warming?

    October 9, 2009 at 10:24 am | Reply
  16. Joseph Nhlapo

    Mr. Holyfield,

    It is quite interesting to realise that you taking part in such important activity. My question to you is that are you going to do this on the long term basis or are going to stop at same point? I hope your actions will give hope to those fighting for the good course about environment. Some comments will try to discourage you, but as a fighter you will keep a good fight.


    October 9, 2009 at 10:27 am | Reply
  17. thomas kavanagh

    will you make a difference

    October 9, 2009 at 10:30 am | Reply
  18. Ebenezer Adewuyi

    It is a welcome development to see somone like Evander setting example for other celebrities on the awareness of climate change.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:43 am | Reply
  19. Spizzy

    Evander: I watched your Tyson fight... Recorded it on tape and watched the playback, I saw the headbutts, I even saw Tyson complaining to the ref at one point yet you persisted in lowering your head and picking it up... It got to the point that you split his eye open with those head butts... My question to you Evander is, if the roles were reversed, would you not do the same thing? And do you not feel at least a little bit guilty of the demise of Tyson's career (it was never the same after his fight with you)?

    October 9, 2009 at 11:26 am | Reply
  20. james mukete dioh

    it is very interesting to read that you are opening an enegry playground i will like to visit it. i am in cameroon Africa i admired you alot

    October 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  21. thomas kavanagh

    will you make climate change a top issuse.

    Because lets face it. Its not the top thing at the moment Swine-flu and HIV / AIDS are the top thing on my mind and climate change will change that. Unless it is a threat to me

    October 9, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  22. thomas kavanagh

    Scrap my top comment

    will you make climate change a top issuse.

    Because lets face it. Its not the top thing at the moment Swine-flu and HIV / AIDS are the top thing on my mind and climate change will not change that. Unless it is a threat to me

    October 9, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  23. Robert Horwath

    Good day Mr. Holyfield,

    I'm quite impressed (as most people seem to be) that your are taking this positive steps to aid this unruly situation we have gotten our world into over the years.

    My question is are you going to invest with multinationals, feeding back into the system what we are trying to avoid, or subsequently would you accept and consider new ideas from individuals ?

    Getting through the BOD to have them listen or study patented and practically proven ideas is almost impossible. I personally have panted 2 items directly having a strong impact to reduce pollution in every household and another that would drastically increase household and industrial recycling (which would have impact of every PET product produced.

    However, although eventually getting through to the BOD of Mulitnationals and even actually signing NDA's (non disclosure agreements) it seems the ideas always end up sitting on a shelf !

    It would fantastic to see someone of your stature have a true positive, influential impact in the world.

    Many thanks for your time and sincere best of luck to you with your endavours.

    Robert Horwath
    expat living in Switzerland

    October 9, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  24. Robert Brackney

    a champ in the ring and out!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  25. Valentino

    Go Evander! Im proud of you man.. these haters are people who have no heart and very small minds. Its good to see you take up one of the most important issues in human history.. Keep it Real.. and if you get a chance to speak with B:O tell him his brothers all ov er the world "got his Back" ... .

    October 9, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  26. Martin Kulik

    Hi Evander,

    I admire your condition and the fact that you are still competing in your age and achieving such a good results. The question is, what is your key in keeping yourself in such a shape, and please be specific in terms of exercising and diet.


    October 9, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  27. D. J Towers

    Hi Evander....just one question for you. Did u really headbutt Tyson on purpose to win in both fights? Also, you was robbed in the fight against Valuev!!!! Keep it up champ, would love to see you win the belt again :)! Take care.

    October 9, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  28. Gama

    I do believe that all effort to make our planet a better place to live is worthy. People might say that this is a cliché stuff, specially talking about famous personalities, but the most part of those ones who criticize these kind of action doesn't do anything to help the planet. Congratulations Holyfield for your initiative!

    October 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  29. Joe Pineault

    Hey Champ!
    I'm a pro boxer too, and you are (and always were) a huge inspiration for me.

    I've just recently began taking the environment into consideration. I've been selfish and ignorant regarding our planet's well-being, and I'm just starting to change now. What are your suggestions for a person who is looking to do his or her part?

    By the way, I know you're looking for a fight in South Korea. If you come here (it's where I'm training) I hope to meet you.

    Joe Pineault

    October 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  30. jeramia obodia jacknory jones

    Do you honestly believe in the green issue / Climate change or are you jumping on the band wagon coz u are being paid to do so?? or do u? like me! think its the next great bubble to create jobs etc etc because the reality is we change our lightbulbs etc to low energy but the price of energy continues to rise! but its all ok to keep driving cars and flying planes coz its the part of every day life!! I agree with not polluting wild life etc but dnt giv me the cr ** about melting icecaps when u prob drive a 5litre hummer.............

    October 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  31. R.Rodriguez

    Having watch you inside the ring for many years and knowing that you are a man that tries with all his might , I'm sure that you will pursue this new endeavor with zest and dogged dedication. Kudos to you champ.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  32. Nito Sanz

    'Hola' from Spain, Evander.

    Your next combat will be against Vitali Klitschko? Is a suitable rival for your boxing, better than Nikolai Valuev?

    Thx from a spaniard fan.

    October 9, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  33. Massamba Ndiaye

    Mr Holifield

    I am from senegal and i want to tell you that your fights against Tyson are the better moments of boxing i have seen. Thanks a lot.

    October 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  34. Luiz Alfredo Santos

    Throughout your career you have always been a very respectable guy. What do you think of boxers that with their behaviour damage the image of boxing as a sport?

    October 9, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  35. Cuong

    Dear Mr. Evander Holyfield,

    I am happy to see that celebrities with noteworthy impact like yourself are standing up for the environment.

    My question : Let's say you succeed in turning your estate into a renewable energy playground, have you any idea what you are going to do next to further this impact on the society?

    October 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  36. Tim Nelson

    This guy is an idiot. He has 11 children with several different women. Hey Evander, quit reproducing – it helps out the enviroment too.

    October 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  37. henry clark

    I believe you are a great fighter. Do you think you would have beaten Tyson in his prime?

    October 9, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  38. Nolan

    Although i think holyfield (WAS) a great boxer he as a human being is a hypocrite and loser outside the ring.He claims to be a religious man but has fathered children out of lust and wedlock with many different women and now can't take care of them by paying child support is typical.Even when mike tyson was struggling to pay bills you never heard of him not once taking care of his family!...to me this is a ploy to rebuild his own self image and to save his ostentatious ranch only used for luring and impressing women for his own self indulgent sexual pleasures......SELL THAT HOME AND PAY FOR THE CHILDREN YOU HELP BORE.....Evander is fast ruining the image he once built in the ring as a top level fighter although that should be kept separate.

    October 9, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  39. Gracie Parker

    organic farms could actually save us from carcinogens and toxins*~'

    October 5, 2010 at 8:44 am | Reply

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