1999-03-13 Evander Holyfield drew 12 Lennox Lewis, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC

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1999-03-13 Evander Holyfield drew 12 Lennox Lewis, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC. Referee: Arthur Mercante Jr. Scorecards: 115-113, 113-116, 115-115. In a battle to decide three titles, Lewis (246), the WBC champion, made the brighter start when taking the first two rounds, and although the contest never reached the heights to most of the qualified onlookers it appeared that his use of the left jab had won him the decision by at least nine rounds to three according to Boxing News. Even though Lewis never totally dominated Holyfield (215), the latter rarely looked convincing. And when the pair fell to the floor together at the start of the seventh it appeared that the American was there for the taking. Both men finished the fight with damage to their left eyes, and while there had been no knockdowns and exciting action for most of the fight there was a stunned silence when the decision was announced. According to the judges it was a fight of two halves, with Holyfield finishing the stronger. Afterwards, Larry O’Connell, the English judge who scored it 115-115, conceded that Lewis might have done enough in hindsight, but the American woman judge, Eugenia Williams, actually had Holyfield winning 115-113.

Further to an investigation into all aspects of the fight, the people involved were told that a return was not an option but a must.

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