1988-01-22 Mike Tyson w rsc 4 (12) Larry Holmes, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WORLD

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1988-01-22 Mike Tyson w rsc 4 (12) Larry Holmes, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WORLD. Referee: Joe Cortez. Having been out of action for 21 months since losing for the second time to Michael Spinks, Holmes (225¾) came back to the ring looking to regain the title he once held. At the age of 38 Holmes was up against a man who had no time for past reputations. With Tyson (215¾) piling in from the opening bell the once famous Holmes’ jab was used purely for defence, and although he got through with several right uppercuts in the third by the end of the session he was badly hurt by a right to the jaw. Tyson needed no more excuses, quickly having Holmes over from a series of blows to head and body. Getting up at ‘four’, but having to take the mandatory ‘eight’ count, Holmes tried to fiddle his way back before another right soon had him down again. Back on his feet, Holmes was quickly under attack prior to being rescued by the referee after Tyson had sent him crashing again from a right to the head with five seconds of the session remaining. According to the Boxing News, The WBA and WBC both approved the fight because of Holmes' past greatness while the IBF, despite recognising Tyson, did not give it their full backing as it was being contested over 12 rounds and not 15.