1993-11-06 Evander Holyfield w pts 12 Riddick Bowe, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/IBF
1993-11-06 Evander Holyfield w pts 12 Riddick Bowe, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA/IBF. Referee: Mills Lane. Scorecards: 115-113, 115-114, 114-114. On a night when a parasailer crashed into the ring from out of the sky in the seventh round, causing a 22-minute delay, Holyfield (217) became only the third man in history to regain the heavyweight title. Although Bowe (246) had the power, Holyfield was boxing in a smart fashion and by the fifth he was looking good, having taken the champion’s best blows and cut him over the right eye. Prior to the enforced delay, Holyfield seemed to be getting on top as Bowe, now cut between the eyes, was beginning to look ragged. Afterwards, Holyfield carried on where he left off, but in the ninth Bowe had his best round to date despite being unable to drop the challenger. As at the end of the eighth, Bowe landed punches after the bell, one of which hurt Holyfield, but there was no warning. Holyfield sealed his victory when taking the fight to Bowe in the tenth and 11th, and even though the latter came back strongly in the final session he was unable to influence the result.