Caesars Palace

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Caesars Palace is a hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. A part of Caesars Entertainment, it is arguably the corporation's most well known property.

Caesars Palace has sister hotels in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Atlantic City, New Jersey and other points of the United States.

History

Caesars Palace opened on August 5, 1966, and by the late 1970s, had become a regular staging event for some of the biggest fights in boxing. Bouts have either been held inside the casino, for smaller drawing events, or outside in the parking lot for some of the bigger events. Some of the notable fights that the casino put on are:

  • Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney
  • Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns (1st meeting)
  • Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns
  • Larry Holmes vs. Muhammad Ali
  • Ray Mancini vs. Deuk-Koo Kim (Kim died of injuries sustained in this bout)
  • Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Wilfred Benitez, with Vito Antuofermo vs. Marvin Hagler
  • Michael Moorer vs. Evander Holyfield (1st meeting)
  • Evander Holyfield vs. Riddick Bowe (2nd meeting)
  • Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Donnie Lalonde
  • Pernell Whitaker vs. Azumah Nelson
  • Roberto Duran vs. Esteban DeJesus (3rd meeting)
  • Oscar De La Hoya vs. Julio Cesar Chavez (1st meeting)
  • Bobby Chacon vs. Cornelius Boza-Edwards
  • Salvador Sanchez vs. Wilfredo Gomez
  • Salvador Sanchez vs. Danny Lopez (2nd meeting)

Miscellaneous Info

Former Heavyweight champion Joe Louis, worked at Caesar Palace as a greeter, until his death in 1981. A statue of Louis was erected in the hotel lobby after his death.