1997-05-16 Philip Holiday w pts 12 Pete Taliaferro, Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa - IBF

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1997-05-16 Philip Holiday w pts 12 Pete Taliaferro, Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa - IBF. Referee: Stan Christodoulou. Scorecards: 115-111, 115-111, 111-115. After being dropped for an ‘eight’ count in the first round by a left hook to the chin, instead of crumbling Taliaferro (135) came back strongly in the second to send Holiday (135) crashing from a similar punch and the champion barely beat the count. The contest then see-sawed over the next six sessions prior to Holiday, fighting on the back foot, being outworked over the last quarter as Taliaferro surged on to what he thought would end in him winning the title at the final bell. It was not to be as Holiday was seen by two of the judges as having done enough.