History | Dec 05 2017

On This Day: Evander Holyfield beats Dwight Muhammad Qawi in their rematch

Evander Holyfield had less trouble with Dwight Muhammad Qawi in their rematch, writes Matt Bevan

EVANDER HOLYFIELD is arguably the finest cruiserweight of all-time, and he is largely remembered at the weight for his battles with another great at cruiser, Dwight Muhammad Qawi.

The first fight between the two in July 1986 is recognised as the division’s greatest, with Holyfield taking a split 15-round decision to win the WBA belt, his first world title.

But there were always calls for a rematch and we finally got that wish on December 5 1987, when the two clashed at the Convention Center in Atlantic City, with Holyfield’s WBA and IBF straps on the line.


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