1991-03-07 Lindell Holmes w pts 12 Antoine Byrd, Sports Palace, Madrid, Spain - IBF
1991-03-07 Lindell Holmes w pts 12 Antoine Byrd, Sports Palace, Madrid, Spain - IBF. Referee: Waldemar Schmidt. Scorecards: 115-113, 117-111, 113-115. Up against a clever southpaw opponent in Byrd (164½), this was a tough fight for the champion and although he seemed to be in charge for long periods he was never able to set his man up for a stoppage. Byrd, to his credit, always seemed to be able to finish strongly in the last part of each round, but coming into the tenth when it really mattered he was too tired to make a final effort to turn the fight around and Holmes (165½) stepped up the pace to make sure that the decision went in his favour.