Evander Holyfield vs. Riddick Bowe (1st meeting)

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Jabs Holyfield Bowe
Landed 63 132
Thrown 161 248
Percent 39% 53%
Power Punches Holyfield Bowe
Percent  %  %
Total Punches Holyfield Bowe
Landed 242 357
Thrown 475 711
Percent 51% 50%

1992-11-13 : Riddick Bowe 235 lbs beat Evander Holyfield 205 lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

  • WBC Heavyweight Title (3rd defense by Holyfield)
  • WBA Heavyweight Title (4th defense by Holyfield)
  • IBF Heavyweight Title (4th defense by Holyfield)


  • Holyfield was a 7-5 favorite.
  • Holyfield was guaranteed $5 million and Bowe was guaranteed $3 million. With their percentage of revenues, Holyfield earned around $17 million and Bowe made $5.5 million.
  • There was a crowd of about 18,000 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
  • The fight generated over 900,000 pay-per-view buys.
  • Holyfield was badly hurt early in the tenth round by a right uppercut. Bowe went for the knockout, but Holyfield was able to survive Bowe's onslaught and come back to finish strong. At the end of the round, Al Bernstein, commentator on the pay-per-view broadcast, called it one of the best rounds in heavyweight history.
  • In the eleventh round, Bowe hurt Holyfield with a left hook. Holyfield tried to clinch, but Bowe stepped to his right and dropped Holyfield with a right to the side of the head.
  • The fight was named Fight of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
  • Round ten was named Round of the Year by The Ring Magazine.
  • On December 14, 1992, Bowe vacated the WBC title, which was then awarded to Lennox Lewis, the #1 WBC contender. Bowe tossed his WBC belt into a trash can. The WBC threatened to strip Bowe because he had not signed to fight Lewis. Instead, Bowe beat the organization to the punch by relinquishing the championship before it could be taken away. "The WBC is wrong, and I will not be intimidated by them," Bowe said. Rock Newman, Bowe's manager, said Lewis had been offered two chances to fight Bowe for the title: a guaranteed $3 million with a possible payoff of $15 million for a first defense if he beat Bowe, or $3 million to fight an opponent of his choosing plus $9 million and a share of the promotion for a followup fight with Bowe. Frank Maloney, manager of Lewis, said he would agree to a 75-25 split similar to what Bowe had with Holyfield.


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