1991-04-19 Evander Holyfield w pts 12 George Foreman, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC
1991-04-19 Evander Holyfield w pts 12 George Foreman, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC. Referee: Rudy Battle. Scorecards: 116-111, 117-110, 115-112. Having returned to the ring in 1987 after a ten-year absence, the former champion had won all 24 fights, 23 of them inside the distance, and at the age of 42 he was given a crack at Holyfield (208). It was an incredible story and the now far more amiable Foreman (257) planned to make the best of it. Having been out-speeded over the first half of the contest as Holyfield whipped in punches and moved, in the seventh Foreman came alive and shook the champion up with two thumping right hands. After the eighth round passed him by, Foreman came again in the ninth when it was clear that Holyfield was also tiring and in the tenth he hurt the latter with another big right. During the fight Foreman had occasionally landed low and in the 11th after going downstairs yet again he finally had a point deducted. The final session saw both men extremely tired and while Holyfield was doing most of the work it was Foreman, his face by now badly swollen, who received a standing ovation for making it to the final bell.