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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Boxing legend Evander Holyfield made a surprise stop in St. Louis to make one little girl's birthday extra special. He was at a dance school in St. Ann.

Five time World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield lives by the creed, "Be the best you can be, by looking out for others." No wonder they call him the real deal.

Holyfield made a surprise visit at the Best Dance and Talent Center In St. Ann to make one little girl's birthday one she will never forget. She is the daughter of one of his good friends, who was an amateur boxer. Holyfield gave the little dancer a pair of pink boxing gloves that he had personally signed.

Holyfield still looks up to his sports idol Muhammad Ali. He attended his funeral last month and explains what made Ali "The Greatest."

"I was a kid at 8-years-old. I was told that I could be like Ali, and I thought it was just about boxing. In 1996, when he carried the torch, it showed the humanitarian work he had done. So many great things he had done, which is why he was the icon. You know boxing is what he started as, but he was into people." said Evander Holyfield.

At 52 Holyfield looks like he is still in great shape. We asked him is he was still a contender. He laughed and said that he still has the moves, just not the quick reaction time.