Five-time heavyweight champion EVANDER HOLYFIELD is an immortal boxing legend, and at age 52 hes still up for any challenge. We caught up with Holyfield to talk about training with Lee Haney and his involvement with the new boxing documentary, Champs.
What did you learn while training with Mr. Olympia Lee Haney in the 1990s?
EH: Before I trained with Lee I would do things In the gym without understanding the operations behind them. By talking about different muscles and what they did. he showed me a whole other side of training. It became an art.
If a nowbio asks you for training advice, what do you say?
Don’t be lazy, because if you put things off they aren’t going to get done. Also. Its not how much you know. It’s what you decide to apply. With boxing. Id say get started while you’re young. Adults get embarrassed and quit; thats less likely to happen with kids.
What was your greatest skill as a fighter?
You don’t know a person until theyre tired. And I realized that If both of us were tired during a fight, the person with the strongest will was going to win. Now. technically,
I had an average build. And most of the guys I faced had longer arms, and they may have been stronger than me. But when it came down to will. I felt that if I were able to do a little bit more than my opponent and have the stronger will. I’d win.
How do you train now?
I get up every morning at 6 oclock. I’ll warm up my body, do a few miles on the elliptical, and then do the basic things that I did with boxing.
I dont want to be fat. I want to live a long time, and I don’t want to depend on somebody else to pick things up for me.
Champs is a raw look at the sport of boxing. What do you want people to take away from It?
That everybody wants to be better, but it’s up to him or her to do it. If you are willing to pay the price it takes to be the person you really want to be and you don’t allow yourself to quit, it can happen.