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On This Day: Mike Tyson thrashes an ageing and overweight Larry Holmes

Harry Mullan's superb ringside fight report from Mike Tyson vs Larry Holmes: January 22, 1988
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Tyson was a fearsome opponent at his peak Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports

OLD men can remember their youth and be content: old fighters remember theirs, and get restless.

The more needy, egotistical or ill-advised can even delude themselves that they still possess it, until they are forced to accept the evidence of their own athletic decay.

Such evidence can rarely have been presented so compellingly as it was by heavyweight champion Mike Tyson to the 38-year-old Larry Holmes at the Convention Centre. Holmes, bidding to regain the title he had graced for seven years and 20 defences, was annihilated in less than four rounds and took the worst beating of his long career.


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