Evan Holyfield remains undefeated, Gutsy defeats Chris Rollins by unanimous decision

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – Evan Holyfield had some tough moments on Saturday night, but the developing son of a legend remained undefeated.

The junior middleweight, son of Evander Holyfield, defeated a gritty Chris Rollins in a six round encounter at Borgata Event Center. Judges Ron McNair (60-54) and Robin Taylor (60-54) shutout 24-year-old Holyfield, who won five rounds off judge Anthony Lundy’s card (59-55) in a fight that seemed closer than that .

Rollins (5-4-1, 4 KO’s), of Charlottesville, Virginia, took a win of sorts by making it to the final bell. Holyfield’s 32-year-old opponent had stopped in-line twice before facing Holyfield on the non-televised portion of the Gary Russell Jr.-Mark Magsayo undercard.

Holyfield nearly knocked out Rollins late in the sixth round.

Holyfield and Rollins each landed hard right hands when they traded in the center of the ring barely a minute into the sixth round. However, with just over 50 seconds left in the fight, Holyfield hammered Rollins with two right hands which hurt him and made Rollins move across the ring.

Holyfield spent the rest of the fight assaulting Rollins, who showed courage by staying on his feet until the final bell rang.

Rollins hit Holyfield straight to the right with just over two minutes left in the fifth round. With just under 20 seconds left in the fifth round, Holyfield drove Rollins with a right hand that seemed to impact him into a neutral corner.

Holyfield split Rollins’ guard with a right hand in the middle minute of the fourth round. Holyfield later landed a left hook and right hand as Rollins chased him late in the fourth round.

They exchanged shots towards the end of a very competitive fourth round.

After a difficult second round, Holyfield attacked Rollins’ body at the start of the third round and settled down better with his punches. Rollins landed a hard right of his own with about 45 seconds left in the third round.

Rollins’ right hand closed with just under 50 seconds left in the second round. Rollins landed several other flush punches during a second round which he seemingly won.

Holyfield and Rollins each landed with their right hands as they switched at a neutral corner in the middle minute of the opening round. Holyfield furiously unloaded a combination on Rollins’ body with just under a minute left in the first round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

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