REVEALED: The Truth Behind the Evander Holyfield Steroid Allegations

Published 03/22/2021, 5:00 PM EDT


All recent reports point towards an exciting trilogy between Evander Holyfield and his arch-nemesis, Mike Tyson. The two have had a fiery history between them, which also included a surprising steroid allegation.

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So let’s revisit those allegations and break them down. Holyfield was always in fantastic shape throughout his career. As a result, the allegations of steroid use always found their way to the fore every time he laced up his gloves. It reached a point where Mike Tyson wouldn’t fight him in the rematch without a drug test.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 09: Heavyweight boxing legends Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield attend the 19th annual Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 09, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

However, these allegations date back to a suspicious coincidence when a steroid lab had a patient named ‘Evan Fields’ who had purchased steroids. This patient shared the same birthday as Holyfield and also hailed from the same neighborhood.

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In addition, reporters claimed when they called the patient’s number, Holyfield answered. This undoubtedly made it very suspicious, and as a result, the allegations against Holyfield started brewing.

Back then, the testing procedure was not as strict and advanced as it is now. Boxers often found a way to get the products out of their systems before a fight. Therefore, to this day many suspect Holyfield may have used steroids throughout his career.

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Evander Holyfield never tested positive for a banned substance

The allegations against the former heavyweight champion of the world never really died down. However, Holyfield vehemently denied all accusations and claimed he had never used steroids.

In addition, the former champion did his best to prove that he had not used steroids. The Chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed that Holyfield had never failed a drug test in his career.

Despite this, the allegations endured. The main reason for this was his incredible physique. Holyfield moved up from cruiserweight to heavyweight.

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However, his muscle definition and shredded body convinced critics that he used some performance-enhancing substances.

Either way, since all his tests showed no sign of steroids, Holyfield never faced a ban or any reprimand from the sport. And thus, these allegations never tainted his legacy.

What do you make of these allegations against Evander Holyfield? Do you think he used steroids?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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