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Boxing Legend Evander Holyfield Visits Hungarian Prime Minister in Budapest

Evander Holyfield

Former undisputed world champion in both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, made a special visit to Budapest this week. The 61-year-old American boxing icon was personally hosted by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán during his stay in the capital city.

Holyfield’s trip coincided with the New School Promotion boxing gala held on Friday evening at the Vasas Ice Centre. The main event was the farewell fight of Hungarian boxer Balázs Bacskai. Prior to the gala, Holyfield led a training session on Tuesday with former Hungarian world champions István Kovács and Zsolt Erdei, working with young boxers from local clubs.

The legendary fighter, best known for his epic bouts against Mike Tyson in 1996 and 1997 which he won by stoppage, arrived in Budapest from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He told reporters that even at 61, he still trains daily to stay in shape.

Holyfield’s meeting with Prime Minister Orbán was a symbolic celebration of the sweet science of boxing in the Hungarian capital. For visiting fight fans, it was a rare chance to glimpse one of the all-time greats still showing his passion for the sport.

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