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Evander Holyfield vs Larry Holmes

Evander Holyfield vs Larry Holmes

Date: 19th June 1992

Venue: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Title: WBC, WBA & IBF World Heavyweight Titles

Promoter: Top Rank & Main Events

Tv: HBO & Sky Sports

Evander Holyfield
( 27 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 210 lbs

Larry Holmes
( 54 - 3 - 0 )
Weight: 233 lbs

Evander Holyfield vs Larry Holmes, dubbed "Class of Champions," was a heavyweight boxing match on June 19, 1992, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. This bout saw the defending undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield take on former heavyweight champion and boxing legend Larry Holmes. Holyfield was defending his World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA), and International Boxing Federation (IBF) Heavyweight Titles for the second and third time, respectively. The fight went the distance, with Holyfield winning unanimously and the judges scoring the fight 116-112, 116-112, and 117-111 in his favour. The Associated Press had a more decisive scorecard of 118-110 for Holyfield.

Holyfield, then 29, faced a crafty and experienced opponent in the 42-year-old Holmes, who had held the heavyweight title from 1978 to 1985. For most of the fight, Holmes employed a defensive strategy, positioning himself against the ropes and looking to counter Holyfield's advances with right hands and uppercuts. Despite Holmes' strategic efforts and managing to cut Holyfield over the right eye, Holyfield's relentless work rate and volume of punches secured him the victory.

The fight was not without its moments of drama. Holmes, leveraging his experience, managed to make Holyfield look sloppy at times with his defensive manoeuvres, including parrying many of Holyfield's punches with his gloves and leaning away to take punches on his shoulders. Holmes's performance gained him respect, demonstrating his clever tactics and durability in the ring. However, Holyfield's consistent aggression and body shots ultimately earned him the win. After the fight, both fighters expressed mutual respect, with Holmes acknowledging Holyfield's strength and Holyfield praising Holmes for his defence and intelligent fight.

The lead-up to this fight was marred by the cancellation of a highly anticipated bout between Holyfield and Mike Tyson after Tyson suffered a rib injury and was later convicted and sentenced for rape, derailing their planned match. Holyfield had instead faced a series of replacements, culminating in the bout against Holmes. Holmes had come out of retirement for this fight, marking the culmination of his second comeback in the sport. Despite the loss, Holmes showed he could still compete at a high level, a testament to his longevity in boxing.

Holyfield's win over Holmes was part of a series of defences of his undisputed heavyweight title that solidified his legacy as one of the greatest heavyweights of his era. Following this victory, Holyfield's next significant challenge would come against Riddick Bowe, a fight that would prove to be one of the toughest of his career. On the other hand, Holmes continued his career, earning several more victories before another title shot against Oliver McCall, showcasing the remarkable durability of his career in professional boxing.

The Holyfield vs. Holmes fight remains a notable chapter in heavyweight boxing history, illustrating the clash of generations and styles. Holyfield's determination and work rate against Holmes's experience and tactical approach provided a fascinating matchup for boxing fans, reinforcing Holyfield's position as the reigning heavyweight champion and proving Holmes's resilience and tactical genius even in the twilight of his career.

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