Every afternoon at a small gym in Atlanta, aspiring fighters of all ages train, sweat and spar for a chance at their dream as a prize fighter.
Former professional fighter Terri Moss says that to become a professional fighter or serious amateur, you have to have a lot of heart and determination.
"You just have to give your life up to boxing like any other professional athlete, you have to be willing to put everything else aside for that," Moss said.
That's what 16-year-old Evan Holyfield is determined to do. He says his boxing career actually started when he was 8 years old.
"I just saw my father boxing and he just threw me in," said Holyfield.
Evan is the son of former boxing world champion Evander Holyfield. The 16-year-old's coach, Byron Oglesby, says that Evan did inherit his dad's talent.
"Evan is very talented as well, and has a lot of great attributes," said Oglesby.
Oglesby says Evan Holyfield has the combination of work ethic and ability. But there is one area that he needs a lot of work in, and that is getting mean. He simply needs more grit. But coaches say he will develop that over time.
At this stage, Evan Holyfield gets his experience in sparring matches and amateur fights. Thursday, May 22, he will be the featured fighter at Atlanta Corporate Fight Night. ACFN will feature the glamour of red carpets and celebrity sightings, as well as competitive matches.
Moss said she came up with the idea for these fights in 2010 because she says that many people have the dream of being a prize fighter. So with ACFN, even amateurs can get that experience.
Evander Holyfield lived the dream five times as the Heavyweight Champion of the World, which is the most titles held by anyone. Evan Holyfield hopes to fulfill the grand expectations of his father's legacy, and he's starting by training every day after school.
Atlanta Corporate Fight Night 8 is Thursday, May 22 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill at 7 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
For more information, visit www.corporatefightnight.com.
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