Evander Holyfield's Ex-Wife Sues In Houston, Seeking Child Support

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

It looks as though the never-ending divorce saga of former heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield has found its way to the Houston courts.

On Wednesday, Holyfield's ex-wife, Janice, filed papers in Harris County District Court seeking to collect nearly $280,000 in past-due child support and interest that the boxing legend was ordered to pay in October by a judge in Georgia, where the two originally divorced in 1999.

Janice Holyfield is legally able to file such legal papers to collect the money owed her in any jurisdiction where Holyfield may have property. According to www.publicdata.com, Holyfield owns two properties in Harris County, one of which is valued at nearly $1.1 million. 

The local attorney for Janice Holyfield declined to comment to Hair Balls, and her Georgia lawyer, John Mayoue, did not get back to Hair Balls before publication.

Janice Holyfield filed for divorce in 1999 after the boxer publicly admitted that he had had a pair of children out of wedlock. The marriage, which lasted two years, yielded one child of its own, a son named Elijah. In all, the boxer has nine children with a total of six women, including Janice.

Evander Holyfield has long-standing ties to the Houston area, as he reportedly used to train here and donated $1 million to a church he belonged to in southwest Houston during the mid-1990s.

The 47-year-old boxer is trying to make a comeback in the ring, and will reportedly square off against Francois Botha on February 20 in Uganda.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.