Evan Holyfield wins pro boxing debut bout with 16-second knockout

Evan Holyfield

The fight didn’t last long, but it was enough to make any dad proud. Evan Holyfield (1-0, 1 KO), the 22 year-old son of boxing legend Evander Holyfield, beat his opponent, Nick Winstead (0-2), in the first fight of his middleweight pro boxing career at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

Lasting only 16 seconds, Holyfield delivered a flurry of punches as the bell rang at the start of the fight, dropping Winstead to the floor. Referee Robert Hoyle waved the bout off without a count, leading to boos from the crowd.

Dad Evander, a four-time heavyweight champion, sat watching in the front row.

It’s an impressive start for the younger Holyfield, saying in the post-fight, “It was such a blessing to be able to showcase my talent on the card like this and God bless us all. I was just expecting to box and I just went out there and did my job. I was zoned in and God just had me.”

Evan isn’t the first Holyfield offspring to go pro. Elijah Holyfield plays running back for the Carolina Panthers.

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