History | Nov 06 2018

On This Day: The infamous ‘Fan Man’ gatecrashed the Riddick Bowe vs Evander Holyfield rematch

Evander Holyfield is upstaged by the infamous Fan Man, writes George Gigney
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Evander Holyfield  |  Action Images/Reuters/Gary Hershorn

BOXING has never seen a stranger incident. About a minute into the seventh round of Riddick Bowe’s rematch with Evander Holyfield at the open-air Caesars Palace arena in Las Vegas on November 6, 1993, a “lunatic parasailer” crash-landed ringside to create “the most dramatic occasion in the history of boxing,” according to Harry Mullan’s ringside report.

James Miller, 30, disturbed what was a “magnificent championship battle” for Bowe’s WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. The delay took 22 minutes, and MC Michael Buffer kept the crowd of 14,242 calm by talking to them throughout.

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