Concerned about damage to his reputation, Evander Holyfield will conduct an inquiry to clear his name after he was linked to a nationwide investigation into the illegal sale of steroids and human growth hormone.
"While I'm fairly certain I know how my name came up, I don't want to say anything more until I have all the facts, which I hope is just a matter of a few weeks," Holyfield said in a statement. "At that time I'll release everything I know, no holds barred, and will be more than happy to respond to questions."
The Times Union of Albany, N.Y., has reported that Holyfield was on a customer list at Applied Pharmacy in Mobile, Ala., one of the pharmacies raided in an investigation based in Albany. The two owners have been indicted by an Albany County grand jury.
Holyfield, who's scheduled to fight New Yorker Vinny Maddalone in a March 17 heavyweight bout, insisted he never has used any illegal or banned performance-enhancing drugs.
"The use of such substances runs counter to everything I believe about sports and my place in the athletic world," he said.