DETROIT (AP) – Celebrity chef Rachael Ray has brought her TV show and five-time world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield to a boxing gym in Detroit.

Ray and Holyfield, her surprise guest, visited with dozens of children involved in Downtown Boxing Gym’s after-school youth program on Sunday during a taping of Ray’s show. Holyfield shared stories from the beginning of his boxing career, including his mother’s hesitation to let him participate in the sport when he was 8 years old and a coach who told him he could be like Muhammad Ali.

Ray presented the gym with a new kitchen and studying area featuring about $50,000 worth of appliances, including a new refrigerator and a stove.

Footage from the visit will air Nov. 25 on the Rachel Ray Show’s Thanksgiving special.
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