It's strange how one can gain more notoriety by getting one's ear chewed off by Mike Tyson than by winning the heavyweight boxing championship four separate times - more than any other fighter, even Muhammad Ali. Yet, that's The Real Deal Evander Holyfield, Atlanta's favorite son and ultimate warrior.
After a long arduous effort, including a bronze medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics and the cruiserweight title in 1986, Evander gave a whuppin' to Buster Douglas in October 1990 flooring the champ with a right cross in the third round. Two weeks later Atlanta opened its downtown streets for a joyous cavalcade (unfortunately infiltrated by local dignitaries eager for self-promotion amidst the froth of genuine public adulation) hoisting the champ high as they processed to the forum. I'm glad to have been there.
Monday 5 November 1990