Ex-champ Evander Holyfield crowns Adam Gase as champion of … Davie?

Evander Holyfield (left) prepares to give an autograph for Dolphins practice squad tackle Terry Poole after Thursday's practice. (Hal Habib / The Palm Beach Post)

Evander Holyfield (left) prepares to give an autograph for Dolphins practice squad tackle Terry Poole after Thursday’s practice. (Hal Habib / The Palm Beach Post)

Adam Gase hasn’t managed to get his Dolphins to dethrone the Patriots as division champions, but he can claim to be champion of a division.

Gase was among those presented a World Boxing Council championship belt after practice Thursday.

The guy presenting the belt knows something about such things. He’s former champ Evander Holyfield, in town for a WBC convention on Hollywood Beach.

Holyfield gave the belt to Gase, football operations chief Mike Tannenbaum, Dolphins VP Nat Moore and defensive end Cameron Wake after addressing the team following practice. Holyfield was cheered by players.

“It’s nice to shake his hand and maybe some of that Space Jam juice will rub off on me,” cornerback Bobby McCain said.

Left tackle Branden Albert, a boxing aficionado who trains at Matt Baiamonte’s gym in Wynwood in the off-season, said it was “a pretty cool experience” to meet Holyfield.

“I ain’t going to lie to you,” Albert said. “Just seeing him with the battles he used to have against Riddick Bowe and the Mike Tysons — he was a great champion, a guy that I respect watching boxing. Just a warrior, man. He wasn’t a boxer who was going to disappoint you. He was going to give it his all and that’s one thing I respect about Evander Holyfield.”

Defensive end Andre Branch called Holyfield “a living legend” but apparently considers himself in a league with the ex-champ. Asked who in the locker room would last the longest with Holyfield today, at age 54, Branch didn’t hesitate.

“Me, for sure, 100 percent,” Branch said.

Could Branch last a couple of rounds?

“No doubt about it!” Branch said. “I might win, but I’ll take my time with him.”

McCain got a pair of boxing gloves signed.

“Every time he walks in a room, everybody know who he is,” McCain said. “If you’ve got boxing gloves, of course you want to get them signed.”

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