1992-06-19 Evander Holyfield w pts 12 Larry Holmes, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC

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1992-06-19 Evander Holyfield w pts 12 Larry Holmes, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 116-112, 116-112, 117-111. Having outpointed Ray Mercer in his previous fight the former champion was given a crack at Holyfield (210) and although he gave it his best shot he was well beaten. By now Holmes (233) was hardly a patch on the great fighter he once was and never really looked like winning. His main tactic to conserve energy was to stay on the ropes and come on strong in the final two sessions, which he did. Holyfield, who was cut over the right eye by Holmes’ elbow in the sixth, was hardly inspiring and although always ahead on points he never looked likely win inside the distance and the best two punches of the fight, both heavy right hands, came from Holmes in the 11th.

Holyfield’s next title defence would be against Riddick Bowe, who beat South Africa’s Pierre Coetzer (w rsc 7 on 18 July at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas) in a final eliminator for the WBA title.