History | Oct 25 2014

On This Day: Evander Holyfield trounces an overweight James ‘Buster’ Douglas

The win over Mike Tyson proved to be an aberration rather than a trend for the disappointing James Buster Douglas, writes Matt Bevan
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EIGHT months after he shook the world, causing the biggest upset in boxing history when he stopped Mike Tyson in 10 rounds, James “Buster” Douglas returned to the ring for a $24 million pay-day, defending his undisputed heavyweight crown for the first time.

DOUGLAS won all the belts in Tokyo, scuppering one of the biggest money-spinning matches in boxing. Douglas was thrown in the deep end against Tyson, and he was to be again on October 25 1990, although this time he was guaranteed the biggest purse in boxing history.

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