1990-10-25 Evander Holyfield w co 3 James Buster Douglas, Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC
1990-10-25 Evander Holyfield w co 3 James Buster Douglas, Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC. Referee: Mills Lane. It was soon clear that Douglas (246) had failed to prepare himself properly as he came to the ring in poor condition for a champion and barely landed on Holyfield (208) during the seven minutes and ten seconds of action. Although sprightly enough, Douglas was nearly always out of distance with the jab while Holyfield made his punches count and in the third round, having moved away from an uppercut, he slammed in a short right-hand counter that put the champion down and out. To most onlookers it appeared that Douglas could have beaten the count but was taking the money, while Ferdie Pacheco, who was doing the inter-round analysis for TV, felt that the former champion had the personality traits of a loser.
Having returned to the ring in 1987 after a ten-year absence, George Foreman had won all 24 fights, 23 of them inside the distance, and at the age of 42 he was given a crack at Holyfield. Foreman had beaten Dwight Muhammad Qawi, J. B. Williamson, Bert Cooper, Gerry Cooney and Adilson Rodrigues inside the distance, along with 18 other opponents, and only Everett Martin had reached the final bell. It was an incredible story and the now far more amiable former champion planned to make the best of it.