“Evander and I had a dog named Lassie ... ”

Bernard Holyfield (R) spent the early years of his childhood in Alabama.

He and his younger brother, Evander, who would grow up to be a heavyweight boxing champion, had a favorite pet—a dog named Lassie.

At StoryCorps, Bernard told his friend Charles Barlow, a painful memory from that time.

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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Music Info: "Little Waltz" by Frank Morgan from the album Listen to the Dawn.
Produced by Michael Garofalo
Facilitated by Elaine Davenport
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