Boxing legend's son obliterates opponent in 82 seconds

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Like father, like son - Evan Holyfield has proven he could be just as big a threat as his famous father in the boxing ring.

The youngest son of boxing legend Evander Holyfield made waves in the boxing world with an 82-second demolition job on super welterweight rival Travis Nero in Daytona Beach, Florida last weekend.

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Holyfield sent Nero to the canvas no less than three times in just over a minute, bringing his record to 3-0 with his father cheering in the front row.

Prior to his latest bout, Holyfield spoke to fighting publication Boxing Scene about how it felt to box in the shadow of his father’s illustrious career, and his desire to emerge as a star in his own right.

“When I get in the ring I don’t think about him (Evander) being there because down the road there are going to be many others watching and if I got nervous fighting in front of my dad, I would really be nervous fighting in front of others,” he said.

Evan Holyfield stands over Travis Nero after repeatedly knocking him down in the first round of their fight at Hard Rock Hotel Daytona. (Photo by Harry Aaron/Getty Images)

“I work hard whether he is there or not, and even if there was nobody there watching I will work my hardest and do my best.

“I wouldn’t say I am following in his footsteps; boxing is just something that fell on me.

“I had my first fight at 8, and won, then my mum took me and put me in every sport she possibly could until I was 14.

“Then one day I came downstairs and sat them both down and said “I am ready to focus on just one sport.”

Stunning scorecard 'mistake' in UFC 247 controversy

The official scorecard from Jon Jones’ controversial victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 has been made public - and it has only fuelled the furore.

Jones retained his light heavyweight belt with a unanimous decision over Reyes on Saturday night, but not everyone was convinced.

UFC president Dana White isn’t even sure that was how it should have gone and said he believes it should have been scored for Reyes.

At the Toyota Centre in Houston after UFC 247, White said he thought Reyes won the first three rounds and Jones the final two.

The third round is the questionable one that split fans, judges and White, with overall scores of 48-47, 48-47 and a bizarre 49-46 causing uproar.

“The scoring was all over the map,” White said.

The official scorecard has since been released, exposing a bizarre ‘mistake’ by the Texas commission in ruling the fight a “majority draw” despite awarding the victory to Jones.

UFC journalist Marc Raimondi tweeted the scorecard on Sunday, revealing that the “majority draw” verdict was indeed an error.