Evander Holyfield sold his 109-room mansion to Rick Ross after losing millions

Heavyweight boxing icon Evander Holyfield was forced to sell his 109-room mansion to rapper Rick Ross after falling into financial difficulties towards the end of his career.

Remembered for his two victories over Mike Tyson and draw with Lennox Lewis, Holyfield was an undisputed champion at both cruiserweight and heavyweight.

The 58-year-old, who is currently in talks with Iron Mike over a sensational trilogy despite their advanced ages, ending up tainting his fine record in the ring with a run of seven losses in 14 fights.

His final professional bout came at the age of 48 back in 2012, with a win over Brian Nielsen three years after his mansion was sold to raise much needed funds.

The 109-room mansion in his hometown of Atlanta was labelled as a monument to his success, but was auctioned in 2008 with Ross acquiring it for £4.2million.

A legal notice from Washington Mutual Bank in June of 2008 revealed that the 54,000-square-foot estate was to be auctioned off due to foreclosure.

talkSPORT report that three divorces and failed business ventures took their toll on Holyfield’s former riches, as did payments for his eleven children with six different mothers.

The Independent reported in 2012 that Holyfield was broke despite earning £350m during his career.

Speaking on Instagram Live earlier this week, Tyson said of his long-term rival: “I just want everybody to know, the fight is on with me and Holyfield.

“Holyfield’s a humble man, I know that. And he’s a man of God, but I’m God’s man.

“And, listen, I’m going to be successful on May 29.”

However, his reps later told TMZ that the two parties are far apart in negotiations.

With Holyfield saying in early March: “My side tried to make the fight happen and we got nothing but excuses. Now I can see why he wanted a tune-up fight before thinking about fighting me.

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