Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is in Lagos, donates health equipment worth $3 million (Photos)

Four time heavyweight boxing champion, Evander Hollyfield, who is in Lagos state, met with the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, Wednesday and donated health equipment worth $3 million.

Holyfield at the State House, Ikeja said his aim for coming to Nigeria to give back to the society after his level of achievement in the world of boxing.

The champion is slated to ‘Rhumble’ with former Lagos state governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in a novelty boxing match as part of the ongoing Lagos At 50 celebrations.

The charity match, which will hold on May 25, 2017 at the Eko Atlantic City, is part of activities marking the Golden Jubilee anniversary of the State.

The match is also another way Holyfield is giving back to the society through his foundation, and will be beamed live to the world.

The match will be refereed by Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.
“This is exciting and historic moment for us coming at a time Lagos is celebrating the 50 years of its establishment and we want to say a big thank you to Holyfield for collaborating with us to put this as part of events marking the Golden Jubilee anniversary of Lagos State.
We believe strongly that in all sectors that we have tried to celebrate Lagos, this is one momentous topic that we really mean to celebrate. As a government, we have always wanted to use sports as a way of driving our economy and there is no way we can showcase sports as the catalyst for economic growth than bringing somebody who is a champion; a revered person and for him to use his God given talent and resources to promote sports in our State,” Governor Ambode said.
Talking about his childhood and growing up, Holyfield said “I became the person I am because I listened, I followed direction and I did not quit even when I lost.

According to PM news In giving back to the society, I am here to say I got a Real Deal Promotion. We are looking for young fighters who want to listen and follow instruction.

“This is about giving back to the society. I want kids to learn from me how I became four times heavyweight champion,” Holyfield said. He also announced he was donating $3 million worth of health equipment to Lagos State Government, a gesture which Governor Ambode commended and urged other sports legends and individuals to emulate.

More photos below.

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