Evander Holyfield filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Thursday in a last ditch effort to save some memories from his impressive boxing career. After Holyfield’s Georgia mansion was sold on the auction block back in July he was forced to sell his memorabilia to raise money to cover his debt to the bank.
Holyfield’s lawsuit is seeking an order to block the sale of 20 of the almost 450 items set for auction on Nov. 30 by Julien’s Auctions. Some of the items set to hit the auction block are the gloves he wore when Mike Tyson bit a piece of his ear off and his Olympic bronze medal.
The lawsuit maintains that Holyfield must consent to the auction of all items and the disputed items should be returned immediately.
In a press release announcing the auction earlier in the year Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, said that his company received permission from Holyfield to list the items for sale.
Julien said that his company has worked for months to organize a world-class auction of Holyfield’s memorabilia along with other items removed from his foreclosed mansion in Georgia.
According to Julien, Holyfield has received an advancement of hundreds of thousands of dollars. He said that the future Hall of Fame boxer even selected the items he wanted to keep, despite the lawsuit claiming Holyfield was frequently distracted while the items were being sorted and catalogued.
Unfortunately for Holyfield the lawsuit follows a string of unfortunate events in the past year. The former heavyweight champion who once earned $34 million for a fight was sued for $380K in unpaid child support. In addition to possibly facing jail time for the debt Holyfield owes the federal government another $200K in back taxes and millions on his mansion which was sold for only $7 million.
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