Evander Holyfield, the only five-time world heavyweight champion, greeted Jewel-Osco customers and boxing fans during appearances at two of the grocery retailer’s local stores. 

Holyfield stopped by the store at 95th Street and Stony Island Avenue Saturday, then made his way to the West Side Sunday where he made an appearance at the store at Ashland Avenue and Roosevelt Road.

He was the special guest at this week’s free food sampling events, as part of Jewel-Osco’s Taste of Black History program. It’s a monthlong initiative that recognizes the retailer’s African American vendor partners. 

Holyfield’s “Real Deal” BBQ Sauce is sold at select Jewel-Osco stores, and the boxing champion autographed a bottle of his sauce for every six bottles sold.  He also posed for pictures with customers.  In addition, consumers at both events enjoyed free samples of many of Jewel-Osco’s other African American vendor products.

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