1999-11-13 Lennox Lewis w pts 12 Evander Holyfield, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC
1999-11-13 Lennox Lewis w pts 12 Evander Holyfield, Thomas & Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/WBC. Referee: Mitch Halpern. Scorecards: 116-112, 117-111, 115-113. This time round there were no mistakes made by the judges, all three of them voting for Lewis (242). There were no knockdowns, but Lewis’ jab was again the deciding factor and although Holyfield (217) did well when outfighting the WBC champion on the inside in the middle rounds and banged in the occasional hooks to the head he was unable to sustain it. Most of the press felt that the contest was not as one-sided as their previous one and even though the IBF declared their title to be vacant following a row over licensing fees the matter was soon sorted out.
Lewis forfeited the WBA version of the title on 13 April 2000 when deciding to meet Michael Grant rather than their leading contender, John Ruiz, and the latter was selected to meet Holyfield to decide the vacancy.