1987-08-15 Evander Holyfield w rsc 11 (15) Ossie Ocasio, Outdoor Arena, St Tropez, France - IBF/WBA
1987-08-15 Evander Holyfield w rsc 11 (15) Ossie Ocasio, Outdoor Arena, St Tropez, France - IBF/WBA. Referee: John Coyle. Fighting on the back foot, Ocasio (190) made life difficult for the double champion, especially as his main tactic was clinching immediately after throwing a burst of punches. Holyfield (189), who always looked like winning and was in charge throughout, remained patient for round after round waiting for Ocasio to wear himself out and in the 10th he stepped up the pace. It could be seen that Ocasio had little left and in the 11th he was stunned and then floored after being hammered by lefts and rights to the head. Although the former champion got up and tried to use the ring in order to survive, Holyfield was quickly in persuit and had him on the ropes when the referee stopped the fight at 1.24 of the session. During their convention, held in October, the WBA announced that all world title bouts held under their banner in the future would be contested over 12 rounds.