Sunday, 23 September 2012
Holyfield held for failing to pay $500k child support
The Georgia Department of Human Services filed a lawsuit against the retired pugilist on behalf of his 18-year-old daughter, Emani, whom he had originally owed nearly $373,000 in child support.
But according to court documents cited by TMZ, that amount has increased to just under $564,000. After being held in contempt by a Georgia judge, the 49-year-old was ordered to immediately start paying $2,950 a month.
In response to the order, Holyfield shelled out $17,700 up front, reducing his total debt to $546,201.
But that was not the end of Holyfield's troubles. According to the TMZ report, the judge also ordered that a percentage of the boxing great's income be earmarked to pay down his debt.
This is only the latest twist in a drawn out saga of financial problems and public relations calamities that have been plaguing the former boxer, best known for having a tip of his ear chomped off by Mike Tyson during the infamous 1997 'Bite Fight.'
Holyfield's troubles started in 1999 when his wife of two years, Janice, filed for divorce after the heavyweight champion had publicly admitted to fathering two children out of wedlock, according to the Houston Press.
It total, the thrice-divorced Holyfield has a dozen children from six different women, including a son from Janice.
In 2008, the boxer who has amassed a fortune totalling nearly $250m over his storied career declared bankruptcy in Georgia.