Evander Holyfield’s boxing promotion to debut Saturday on CBS Sports Network – CBSSports.com
Evander Holyfied, the former multi-time heavyweight champion and a 2017 inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, is getting back into the ring.
Real Deal Sports & Entertainment, Holyfield’s promotional company, will make its debut Saturday with a quadruple-header televised live on CBS Sports Network (10 p.m. ET) from Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.
One year after the death of Muhammad Ali, the fight card will be part of Louisville’s “I Am Ali” festival and is headlined by heavyweight contender Derric Rossy against Carlos Negro in a 10-round bout.
“I am proud to bring this exciting card to Louisville, Kentucky, as well as to the boxing fans around the world,” Holyfield said. “We have entertaining fights featuring fearless competitors and this is how we want to set the standard for our company.
“I’m proud to bring the inaugural event for the Real Deal Championship Boxing series to Louisville, Kentucky, and I am especially pleased to have it take place during the ‘I Am Ali’ festival. I share many of the same principles as Ali, and this event allows me to pay tribute to his legacy. Ali was an inspiration to me as I started my professional career. The integrity and sportsmanship that this event brings to boxing is one way I can give back to fighters to help them succeed, both in the ring and in life.”
Part of the card’s proceeds will be donated to the Muhammad Ali Center to help support youth development actives in the Louisville area, where Ali grew up. The fight card is the first at Freedom Hall since Danny Williams upset Mike Tyson by knockout in 2004.
Rossy (31-12, 15 KOs) snapped a three-fight losing skid in December when he stopped Richard Carmack.
“Facing Negron is another great fight in the right direction for my career,” said Rossy. “A tall, athletic and tough boxer like Negron is going to be a difficult task, but at this point in my career, there are no easy fights. I am looking forward to getting in the ring with Negron with the WBC Continental Americas belt on the line. The heavyweight division is creating excitement once again and a win on June 24 will get me back in the rankings and ready to make some noise.”
Negron (19-1, 15 KOs), a 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian, enters Saturday’s bout on a four-fight win streak.
“I’m very excited to be back and put up a great fight and show for the fans Louisville, Kentucky,” Negron said. “Rossy is a good fighter, but I am ready to win this fight and get the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Championship. I can’t wait to get to Louisville and get back in the ring on June 24.”