He was a credit to his profession


Ask anyone in Atlanta what comes to mind when you mention our city’s boxing tradition and chances are you’ll get the name Evander Holyfield. That is assuming the person you are asking doesn’t confuse boxing with wrestling, in which case, you’ll probably get Dusty Rhodes, Rick Flare or Gordon Solie.

But it is Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield who put Atlanta on the boxing map by being boxing’s undisputed heavyweight champion and defending his title against the likes of George Foreman, Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson among others.

But as great as Holyfield was in the ring, he is not the first Atlanta based boxer to hold a boxing title, just the most recent. Step down in weight class to the middleweight division and go back several decades and you will find “The Georgia Deacon.” As you will see in this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”

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