Holyfield knocked out of Celeb BB

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Evander Holyfield is evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother House Evander Holyfield is evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother House

Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield has been knocked out of Celebrity Big Brother and became the first contestant of the series to be evicted from the house.

The US star, who was warned by show bosses earlier this week after claiming being gay "ain't normal", was left in the bottom two with The Apprentice runner-up Luisa Zissman after receiving the fewest votes from the public.

Evander, 51, looked dejected as he was chosen to leave by fellow housemates Lee Ryan and Casey Batchelor, who spent the previous two days hidden in a secret bolt hole after Big Brother staged a "fake eviction".

The boxer, who famously lost part of his ear after he was bitten by Mike Tyson during a title bout in 1997, was greeted by cheers as he left the house but admitted afterwards he thought he would be more popular with viewers.

He told presenter Emma Willis: "I thought I'd be loved here, I thought I'd get more votes, but I didn't."

Evander, who was handcuffed to Louisa, 26, when they entered the house, claimed the entrepreneur changed once their handcuffs were removed.

"As soon as the handcuffs were over, she went her own way and she was a lot different," he said.

Mail On Sunday columnist Liz Jones, comedian Jim Davidson and US actress Jasmine Waltz also avoided eviction after they were were saved by the public.

Blue singer Lee and glamour model Casey have now returned to the house after their stint in the bolt hole.

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