Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman
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1991-04-19 : Evander Holyfield 208 lbs beat George Foreman 257 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Location: Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
- Referee: Rudy Battle
- Judge: Eugene Grant 116-111
- Judge: Jerry Roth 117-110
- Judge: Tom Kaczmarek 115-112
- World Boxing Council Heavyweight Title (1st defense by Holyfield)
- World Boxing Association Heavyweight Title (1st defense by Holyfield)
- International Boxing Federation Heavyweight Title (1st defense by Holyfield)
- Aired On: TVKO
- Press photo
- Holyfield was stunned in rounds two, five, and seven. Foreman was hurt in rounds three, seven, and nine.
- Foreman had a point deducted in round eleven for a low blow.
- Someone in the crowd set off a smoke bomb during the third round. It forced many in the $1,000 ticket section to vacate their seats for a couple of rounds.
- Holyfield was guaranteed $20 million. Foreman was guaranteed $12.5 million.
- Holyfield vs. Foreman marked the launching of TVKO, which is now called HBO Pay-Per-View..
- 1.45 million households paid an average of $37.50 to watch the fight on TVKO. The pay-per-view revenue totaled about $55 million. Adding to the pay-per-view pot was money from closed-circuit showings ($6 million), foreign sales ($2 million), sale of rebroadcast rights to HBO ($4 million) and the live gate ($8 million).
- Despite the high level of interest, the fight fell about 2,000 seats short of selling out the 19,000-seat Atlantic City Convention Hall. Kathy Duva, publicist for Holyfield and Main Events, cited two factors: extraordinarily high ticket prices, even by boxing standards, and a shortage of hotels. "A large share of the tickets were expensive ($800 or $1,000) because Donald Trump originally priced them that way to support his rights fee," Duva said. Trump's deal was later altered, lowering the site fee, but the ticket prices did not change.