History | Jul 12 2014

On This Day: Evander Holyfield wins first world title against Dwight Muhammad Qawi

Tris Dixon reflects on the July 12 1986 barnburner for the WBA cruiserweight title
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SOME felt Evander Holyfield, a 1984 Olympic bronze medallist, was being thrown to the lions when he was paired with the fearsome Dwight Muhammad Qawi, a former light-heavyweight champion who was a barrel-like keg of dynamite.

“The Camden Buzz-saw” was experienced and had been in his fair share of wars, whereas Holyfield had much to prove.

But in front of his raucous hometown fans, the future world heavyweight king dethroned Qawi in a 15-round barnstormer that provided non-stop action in a close-quarter war often referred to as the last great 15-round fight.

 

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