Boxer Holyfield is a forgotten hero

Aug 01, 2012, 07:50 IST | AFP

It's more than a decade since Evander Holyfield was one of the most well known athletes on the planet as the owner of the undisputed world heavyweight boxing championship

But a comical sign of how far the 49-year-old boxer has faded from view occurred on US television when broadcaster NBC interviewed him in London without appearing to realise who he was. Holyfield was interviewed in a vox-pop montage of tourists in London aired on NBC's Today breakfast programme.

Bizzare: Evander Holyfield’s ear which was bitten by Mike Tyson in 1997

“The Todayshow did interview me yesterday and ur right they didn't mention who I was,” a bemused Holyfield admitted on Twitter.

Holyfield won a boxing bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games before embarking on a successful professional career best remembered for his two epic fights with Mike Tyson in 1996 and 1997.

Here’s how Evander Holyfield looks today. PICS/AFP

On June 28, 1997, Holyfield fought Mike Tyson, who bit Holyfield on both his ears in separate incidents during the bout.

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