Evander Holyfield Is In Yet Another Battle; This Time For His Prized Possessions

We all know Evander Holyfield to be a true warrior when it comes to boxing, but lately he has been battling an opponent that most are unable to conquer: finances.

 

It is very unusual for the regular middle class to hear and understand how Holyfield ended up in such a position. From a rich-beyond-imagination world boxing champion, to a past-his-prime fighter scavenging for a title fight while battling bankruptcy.

Just a little over a few months ago, Holyfield agreed to give access and control of his personal belongings to Julien’s Auction, for the purpose of auctioning off his prized possessions and getting some money to pay off his devastating debts.

Now, after the auction house has provided Evander with $50,000 advance and spent over $500,000 on building up and organizing the auction itself, Evander is suing them to retrieve some of the possessions that he does not, and never did intend to sell, such as his gloves worn in his 1996 bout against Mike Tyson and the 1984 Olympic robe.

“Holyfield made clear that while he would include in the auction items such as robes, gloves, belts, trunks, training and boxing memorabilia and awards, he did not wish to auction off all of such property and that there would be some items in the categories discussed that would be withheld from sale. Defendants repeatedly confirmed that Holyfield had the right to identify items they had, which would not be offered for sale,” stated the lawsuit paperwork as per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The issue arose when Julien’s fired back stating that they arrived to pick up and select the items while Evander was moving out of his home, thus he was preoccupied and unable to dedicate all the required attention to go through the to-be-auctioned items.

The auction company affirmed that they had never informed Evander that he could have any of his items back at any point in time during their conversation.

“Julien’s Auctions is not a moving company, it is not a salvage company and it is not a storage company,” said Darren Julien.

It is hard to judge this situation. On one hand Holyfield deserves to have some of his prized possessions back, as they mean a lot more to him than they ever will to anyone else. On the other hand, the auction house more likely than not gave him the opportunity to check the items that they had selected, and Holyfield or his people did not take that task seriously. Now that he may have settled down in his new house and realized that certain things of his were missing, he jumped on it in hopes of doing some damage control and recovering things that he never intended to sell in the first place.

I don’t know what is going to come of this, but I wholeheartedly hope that Holyfield is able to achieve a victory in this battle, and retain the things that he worked so hard to earn.

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