History | Jul 28 2014

On This Day: Dennis Andries makes history when he regains light-heavyweight title from Jeff Harding

Matt Christie remembers Andries rolling back the years to get revenge over Harding
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1. THIRTEEN months before their July 28 1990 rematch, Jeff Harding rebounded from a torrid start to stop Dennis Andries in the 12th and final round, in an utterly thrilling WBC light-heavyweight title showdown (above). There had to be a sequel and it was set for the National Tennis Theatre in Melbourne and gave home advantage to the 25-year-old Harding. Although the Aussie had been the underdog first time round, he was expected to repeat his victory in the rematch.

2. ANDRIES, 36 years old according to most reports but rumours remained he was closer to 40, blamed losing the first fight on making weight. His trainer Emanuel Steward had gone away with Thomas Hearns for the Sugar Ray Leonard return and Andries, concerned he would not make the light-heavyweight limit, barely ate in the lead-up to his fight with Harding.

3. STEWARD blamed himself for Andries’ loss and wasn’t happy that part two was taking place in Australia. The veteran coach felt the only way they win would be via knockout. Andries promised to do just that: “I am not going into this fight blind. There is no way Harding can win this time. I just want to beat this guy up bad. I owe him one.”