1983-05-20 Larry Holmes w pts 12 Tim Witherspoon, Dunes Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC
1983-05-20 Larry Holmes w pts 12 Tim Witherspoon, Dunes Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 118-111, 115-113, 114-115. Having been out of the ring for almost a year was not the best way to prepare for a title challenge. However, in running Holmes (213) close Witherspoon (219½) proved he was definitely one for the future. Holmes had started with good left hands before Witherspoon began to match him, and with the latter banging in big punches to head and body it looked as the though the championship might be changing hands. The ninth round was a big one for Witherspoon, and Holmes, who was badly hurt on several occasions, was forced to call upon all his experience to weather the storm. At this stage of the fight it was Witherspoon’s to lose, but when allowing Holmes to outwork him during the last three sessions it proved to be a costly mistake.