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'Real Deal' Holyfield shows why he's the champ in Hurricanes Storm Surge

Team's latest celebration incorporates four-time heavyweight boxing champ

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Evander Holyfield puts on gloves

STL@CAR: Evander Holyfield celebrates with Hurricanes

Four-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield puts on the gloves and goes toe-to-toe with Jordan Martinook at center ice

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The Carolina Hurricanes are the real deal.

Not to be confused, of course, with the "Real Deal" who was in attendance at PNC Arena on Friday.

Four-time World Heavyweight boxing champion Evander "Real Deal" Holyfield was in the building for the Hurricanes game against the St. Louis Blues.

The champ gave the team a pregame pep talk in the locker room and rang the Storm Siren.

But the fun didn't start until the postgame Storm Surge.

After the 5-2 victory, the Hurricanes brought Holyfield out to center ice, boxing gloves on. The legend squared off with forward Jordan Martinook, who was also wearing boxing gloves.

A quick left "punch" from Holyfield (which of course never made contact, it's all a show, folks) put Martinook on his back.

Stormy, the team's mascot counted Martinook out.

After the team converged on Holyfield to raise his arm in victory, Martinook stayed down and was playfully dragged off the ice by teammates Micheal Ferland and Justin Williams.

Holyfield, a native of Atlanta, wore "4X" on the back of his jersey and walked off the ice to double glove bumps from players and fans.

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