History | Nov 13 2014

On This Day: Riddick Bowe defeats Evander Holyfield in first battle of their epic trilogy

Danny Flexen remembers the November 13 1992 Bowe-Holyfield Las Vegas war
Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe  |  Evander Holyfield, left, lands a punch to body of challenger Riddick Bowe in the first round of heavyweight title fight on Friday, Nov. 13, 1992 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

THIS fight was refreshing for many reasons, not least that two unbeaten fighters were vying for the three major heavyweight championships on offer. Add that the bout was fought, atypically for the division, at a frenetic pace and that, while Bowe came out a pretty conclusive winner, both men had proved something by the final bell.

Bowe, by first matching then surpassing Holyfield’s workrate, showed he could fight for every minute of every round, while his victim refused to fold despite being floored late on by a man with a 30lb weight advantage. These were just some of the elements that combined to create the most exciting heavyweight duel in many years.

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