2002-12-14 Chris Byrd w pts 12 Evander Holyfield, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF
2002-12-14 Chris Byrd w pts 12 Evander Holyfield, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - IBF. Referee: Randy Neumann. Scorecards: 116-112, 117-111, 117-111. Fighting for the title that Lennox Lewis gave up, the southpaw Byrd (214) was the first into action when stabbing in right jabs and although Holyfield (220) was never really hurt he admitted to being constantly kept off balance by the punch and struggled to get close. Occasionally Holyfield got past the right hand to bang in punches of his own, notably in the fourth and fifth, but it was a rarity and Byrd was soon back to flicking in jabs and following up with solid rights to head and body. Stepping up the pace in the tenth, Byrd seemed to be punching harder and the 40-year-old Holyfield was finding it difficult to close his rival down and when he did it had no effect. The punch stats told the story of the fight, with Byrd landing 154 jabs to Holyfield’s three.