Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield

Boxing great Evander Holyfield was a big hit with the homeless yesterday as he served at a Scots soup kitchen.

The five-time world heavyweight champ was taking part in a drive to give ONE BILLION meals to the needy around the globe.

Scores of homeless people in Glasgow mobbed 6ft 2in Evander as he arrived at the city’s Lodging House Mission.

He had teamed up with Canadian philanthropist and multi-billionaire Yank Barry to hand over £10,000 of food to the mission, which provides essential services and training to some of the city’s poorest.

Scots ex-boxer Gary Jacobs – a former British, European and Commonwealth welterweight champ – was also on hand.

He helped carry in the mass of food including fresh fruit, potatoes and tins of veg which will be used to make up food parcels for the needy.

Former musician and songwriter Yank, who made his billions from vegetable protein firm VitaPro, started his humanitarian work with Muhammad Ali in the early 1990s.

Over the last 20 years, the pair have fed more than 942,000,000 meals to the needy around the world.

Evander said: “It makes me feel good to be able to help all these people.

“I was helped out when I was a kid by boys’ clubs and charities, so it’s only right that I can give something back now.

“I became who I am today because of the help and opportunities I was given.

“Now I have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Ali, who was not just a boxer, but also a great humanitarian, and I am pleased to be able to meet the people of Glasgow and to do my small part to help.”

Mission user James Welsh, 53, has been homeless for 13 years. The ex-rifleman with the Royal Green Jackets said: “It was amazing to meet Evander and shake his hand.

“Hopefully, his visit will highlight the homeless situation and make the Government sit up and do something about it.”

Mission chaplain Gus McKay was facing a possible shortage in funds this year before the visit. He said: “There has been an increase in the number of people coming through our doors in recent times for food parcels.

“We provide a drop-in centre for anyone who needs it, and to be given £10,000 of food was a most welcome surprise and it will certainly keep us going for a while.”

• Full story at the Daily Record.