History | Mar 11 2019

On This Day: Evander Holyfield sets his sights on Mike Tyson after battering Michael Dokes

Evander Holyfield came through his first real test at heavyweight, writes Connor Boundy
Evander-Holyfield  |  Manny Rubio/USA Today Sports

AFTER mastering the cruiserweight division, Evander Holyfield was one step away from living out his boyhood dream after his tenth round knockout victory of ‘Dynamite’ Michael Dokes at the Caesars Palace in downtown Las Vegas in 1989.

The contest was for Dokes’ minor WBC Continental Americas strap, but the real prize Holyfield wanted was a shot at heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

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