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Holyfield Donates $3m Health Facilities in Lagos



Evander Holyfield, former world boxing heavy weight boxing champion who is on visit to Lagos Nigeria, on Wednesday donated healthcare facilities to the of $3 million to the Lagos State. His visit to Nigeria is to mark the 50th anniversary creation of Lagos State which had previously existed as Lagos Colony under colonial rule and later as federal territory when Nigeria became independent in 1960.

Evander Holyfield, a former heavy weight boxing champion will on Thursday in a novelty boxing bout face another heavyweight in a different discipline – politics and entrepreneurship, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, easily Nigeria’s current foremost political figure.

The bout is for charity. As a prelude to the anticipated bout, Holyfield on Wednesday visited the governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode and made the donation of equipment.

Holyfield, who announced the donation during the courtesy, said that the gesture was part of his strategy of giving back to the society.

He noted that the giving back to the society will help the children who have interest in sports to actualise their dream as he was able to do.


While narrating how his mother aided his boxing career, Holyfield said his mother often advise him to hold on to what he knows doing best and never quit even when the tide wasn’t good.

“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.” the four-time heavyweight champion said.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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  1. Victor Mavan

    May 25, 2017 9:17am at 9:17 am

    God bless Holyfield. This is huge. A heart like this?

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