Night with boxing hero is Real Deal

Legendary heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield
Legendary heavyweight boxer Evander Holyfield
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The Real Deal is coming to town.

Evander Holyfield is set to visit Portsmouth after organisers pulled off a coup to bring the boxing legend to the city.

The move to bring the five-time world champ to town means Holyfield could arguably be the biggest-ever boxing name to come to the area.

The night, called an Evening with Evander Holyfield, takes place at the Pyramids in Southsea on September 25.

Holyfield, of course, has his name immortalised in the boxing pantheon of greats, after an unrivalled lifetime in the noble art,

In a professional career, spanning 27 years, Holyfield collected five world titles at two weights and took part in some of the most memorable contests the sport has ever known.

Now he is set to regale fight fans with his stories and offer them the chance to meet a living legend.

Event organiser Jason Thame knows it is the kind of event boxing lovers will never be able to repeat.

Thame said: ‘It’s a brilliant thing to be able to bring Evander Holyfield to the city.

‘Everyone knows what he has achieved in boxing.

‘To have him come to Portsmouth is something else.

‘Evander rarely comes over to England, so that only adds to the occasion.

‘He’s doing eight events around the country and one of them is here.

‘So we want to make sure it is a special night – and there is no doubt that is what it’s going to be.

‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity really.’

The night will see guests have a four-course meal and see Holyfield answer questions with career footage played.

There is entertainment provided by a comedian, boxing raffle and photo opportunities with Holyfield.

Tickets for an Evening with Evander Holyfield are priced at £75 or £700 for a table of 10.

The platinum package is priced £125 per ticket or £1,000 for a table of 10.

This includes a personal audience with Holyfield before the main event, along with champagne reception and memorabilia pack.

Call 023 9279 9977 or 023 9278 7909 for details – or visit