Evander Holyfield’s boxing matches in a long and decorated career grossed over $640 million, yet the five-time heavyweight champion finds himself auctioning off nearly all remnants of past prosperity in an effort to win a bout against bankruptcy.
Holyfield has already lost his 109-room, 54,000-square-foot mansion to foreclosure, the bank selling it for half the $14 million he owed. Now, a California auction house will sell off most of his boxing memorabilia, household items, car collection, jewelry and other personal property on Nov. 30. Julien’s Auctions will accept bids on items that include Holyfield’s 1984 Olympic bronze medal, the gloves he wore the night Mike Tyson bit off a chunk of his ear, his many world title belts — including his first, the 1986 WBA cruiserweight title belt he won from Dwight Muhammad Qawi in what is generally considered the best championship bout in the history of the division.
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