EVANDER HOLYFIELD is universally recognised as the finest cruiserweight in the division’s history, and one of the most decorated heavyweights to ever grace the sport, “The Real Deal” is in the record books as one of the best big men of all time.
Today sees the 28th anniversary of Holyfield’s first ascension to the heavyweight throne. His easy, third-round KO win over James “Buster” Douglas – who had, of course, shocked the world by smashing Mike Tyson to take the undisputed titles in February of 1990 – was not a great fight in any way. Still, the bout is memorable as it saw Evander realise his lifelong goal.
Here, Holyfield – who walked away with a 44-10-2 (29) record (six of these defeats coming at a time when the 1984 Olympian had long since passed his peak) – looks back on the win over Douglas and some of his other legendary fights.