“I Miss You”: Fans Send Their Prayers to Boxing Legend Evander Holyfield’s Son a Day Before Open Heart Surgery

Published 09/19/2023, 1:44 AM EDT

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Think of the greatest heavyweights of all time. You surely would have Evander Holyfield‘s name high up on the list. The legendary boxer’s career span lasted decades. After 57 professional bouts, the former heavyweight champion amassed a whopping 44 victories with just 10 defeats. However, of late, the 60-year-old’s personal life has taken a turn.

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Holyfield’s fifth child, Eleazar Evan Holyfield, is a professional boxer himself. Although very young, the 25-year-old has 12 bouts under his belt with only one defeat. But, in a recent turn of events, Eleazar Holyfield reveals having to go through an open heart surgery. This operation is a major surgery that treats heart problems like congenital heart defects and arrhythmias. But the son of a legendary boxer has no anxiousness. On his Instagram account, he boasts more than 19,000 followers and the young gun appears to be in great spirits – making the boxing world chime in with prayers and good wishes!

Evander Holyfield’s Son in great spirits after “well wishes” from fans

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In a video posted on his Instagram account, the 25-year-old appears to be in his surgery room but dancing to the track of Chrisette Michele. In his caption, he expressed gratitude to his well-wishers and thanked the Almighty. He stated, “Open Heart Surgery is tomorrow! Thanks for all the great energy and well wishes sent! I love you all, and thank God for the next day!”

Fans couldn’t help but appreciate his spirited demeanor and positive outlook. Comments poured in from all over.

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One cautious fan wanted Evan Holyfield to be patient and o celebrate post-surgery and not prior. But at the same gave him some words of encouragement. He stated, “Evan you better keep that heart rate down. wait till you get that new not gonna be able to hold you back from nothing!!”

While one fan recalled an encounter when her 56-year-old husband went through open heart surgery and she met the young boxer. She stated, “I met you in AC right before my husband’s open heart I’m sure you don’t remember, but I posted it to my Instagram he’s 56 he’s a “machine” now and you will rock it too!!! I hope to see future successful recovery posts! Prayers up!”

On similar lines, another fan had his name in their prayers. The fan stated, “Bro, I pray everything goes amazing for you tomorrow!!!”

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Again, another fan prayed for a successful surgery and a fast recovery right after. The fan stated, “Prayers for protection, a successful surgery with no complications and a super speedy recovery you king. Peace and blessings”

Last but not least, someone assumed a fatherly tone as they expressed missing him and hoped that the surgery went well. He stated, “You’re in my prayers, son. We’re praying for you and I miss you at crunch Chamblee”

It is safe to say that the majority, if not unanimously, of the fans and his well-wishers are praying for a successful surgery. These words of encouragement and support will only help him get through it and it was also reflected in his caption. What do you think of the immense outpouring of supports? Tell us in the comments below.

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Harddit Bedi

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Harddit Bedi is a passionate Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who specializes in covering the off-court drama of athletes. He has a keen interest in the untold stories of boxers. Harddit is a firm believer in the primal nature of boxing, which he views as the oldest and most fundamental sport known to mankind.
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Mitali Dey

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