Former World Boxing Champion Holyfield Visits Ambode, Pledges Facilities

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield says his foundation will donate health facilities worth three million Dollars to Lagos State.

Holyfield who made this known during a visit to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, said the foundation would be established in the state.

He  said that the gesture was part of efforts to give back to the society.

According to him,   giving back to the society will help children who have interest in sports to actualise their dreams as he was able to do.

Holyfield, who narrated how his mother supported his boxing career, said his mother often advised him to hold on to what he was good at and never quit even when the tide was bad.

“I held on to those words and they assisted me in becoming world heavyweight champion today. I believe that the kids should be inspired just like my mother inspired me to hold on tenaciously to those things I am good at.”

Responding, Ambode assured Holyfield that the State Government would partner the foundation to achieve its aim in the country, especially in Lagos State.

The governor said that the essence of leadership was to inspire others to achieve their potentials in their chosen field.

He added  that the time has  come to give boxing its pride of place in Nigerian sports.

He  however expressed appreciation to the Holyfield Foundation for the kind gesture.

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The former world champion will be engaging in a Charity Rumble Fight with the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, where Ambode will act as a judge.

Holyfield had competed from 1984 to 2011 and reigned as the undisputed champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, being the first and to date only boxer in history to do so.

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