Evan Holyfield breaks down training camp for Kovalev-Pulev card return
Evan Holyfield (9-0, 6 KOs) of Atlanta GA and son of five-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, prepares for his May 14 fight at the Kia Forum in Inglewood, Calif. TRILLERVERZ 5 will be broadcast live on Triller and Fite.tv.
Evan trains in Colorado Springs. This is the first time in his career that he is training at high altitude and he has been there for over a month.
“This is my first time training in Colorado Springs,” Holyfield said. “It’s fun to be around the people I’m around – my trainers Mike Stafford and Bert Wells and fighters Adrian Broner and Rau’shee Warren.
“You’d think Broner would be a loudmouth, but he’s kind of funny and a real hard worker.”
Bert Wells has been with Evan since his amateur days and Stafford trained Evan for four fights.
“The biggest challenge in training camp was the void. I could run and everything else fine, but I had issues with boxing workouts, especially sparring. I had trouble catching my breath. I spoke to my dad after the first week of challenges. He said the same thing happened to him the first time he trained at high altitude, and I’ll acclimatize after a week or two and he was 100% right. After a week, I felt better and had all my energy.
Evan trains six days a week, with Sundays off. Daily workouts are at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Each morning and evening workout alternates between the boxing gym and conditioning. When conditioning is in the morning, they go for a run or play basketball. When strength and conditioning is in the evening, it’s at the fitness center with fitness trainer Rob Schwartz.
Sunday “Maybe we’ll play basketball. It’s not as fun here, it’s a little more challenging due to the elevation.
“I met Keyshawn Davis a few times at the health club, as well as Terence Crawford and Bomac (Crawford’s trainer Brian McIntyre) while running around the lake.”
With Stafford, Evan has “worked on using my distance and my jab and the rest you just have to see when it comes to the fight. done the right thing and I’m excited to see what happens. He hasn’t worked out anything special for this fight since “It’s my first time here, so I feel like it’s pretty special. We haven’t worked on anything specific for this fight, other than working on the body. After all, training at this high altitude should be quite special.
Currently, Evan weighs 155/156 and “weight is never an issue. I weighed around 159/160 when I arrived at camp. The contract weight is 152 and I might even hit 147 to be honest.
At the Forum on May 14, there will be “Mom of course, dad maybe, Elijah wants to come but he may be in the Bengals camp (from Cincinnati)”. Elijah was recently promoted from the practice squad to “The 53” men’s roster.