December 16, 2002 |
As round after round went by Saturday night at Boardwalk Convention Hall, it became increasingly clear that light-hitting heavyweight Chris Byrd was on the verge of doing what might have once been unthinkable. Byrd, known mainly for his extraordinary defensive skills, was doing what he does best to mystify Evander Holyfield, a four-time world champion and one of boxing's most vaunted aggressors as well as one of its hardest punchers. When the 12th and final round was over and the judges had turned in their scorecards, Byrd had won a unanimous decision - and the International Boxing Federation title.
November 3, 1995 |
Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe stood barechested in their undershorts at the Caesars' Sports Pavilion here yesterday, weighing in for what many are calling the people's heavyweight boxing championship of the world. It was quiet and quick. No controversy. No insults. No gimmicks. Just their weights (Holyfield 213, Bowe 240), a few poses for the cameras (they laughed and made fists) and it was over. The rest comes tomorrow night at about 11:30 Philadelphia time, in Caesars' 15,000-seat outdoor arena, when the two friends meet for the third time.
November 14, 1999 |
Lennox Lewis didn't get his knockout as promised, but he captured the world heavyweight championship last night, scoring a unanimous decision over Evander Holyfield, a courageous old warrior who may have fought his last fight. Lewis, the World Boxing Council champion, defeated Holyfield, the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association champion, and became the first unified heavyweight champion since 1992. Lewis, who fell behind on points early in the fight, battled back in the middle and late rounds and was well ahead at the end. The scorecards read 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111.
April 21, 1994 |
Michael Moorer trained in Palm Springs, Calif., a quiet, genteel place where raising your pinkie is regarded as an aerobic activity. Moorer is a brutal man inside the ring and he is no kinder or gentler outside. He is rough and crude, a man who punctuates his comments with a stream of profanity that makes Andrew Dice Clay look like Miss Manners. The obscenities are often directed at his own publicists, who once tried to sell him as a sweetheart in short pants. Here is how he describes himself: "I disrespect everybody," Moorer said.
June 12, 1994 |
"Toucccchhh," the faith healer yelled, as he laid hands on Evander Holyfield. The former heavyweight champ, who had to retire from the ring because of what doctors described as a stiff heart, closed his eyes and collapsed in the arms of an usher. Then Holyfield, who was wearing an expensive olive suit, was laid out flat on his back on the stage of the Civic Center. "The Lord is telling me right now He is repairing Holyfield's heart completely," faith healer Benny Hinn told 9,000 cheering Christians.
September 19, 1998 |
Evander Holyfield will meet the personification of backroom boxing tonight against Vaughn Bean. Bean has been fighting in back rooms and small clubs against guys named Riff and Raff but somehow is ranked No. 1 in the world by the IBF, which, along with the WBA, sanctions tonight's Holyfield homecoming at the Georgia Dome. Bean is not ranked by the WBA or the WBC. But because Bean is the IBF's No. 1 contender, Holyfield would be stripped of that organization's title if he did not take the fight.
April 16, 1991 |
Mike Tyson feels champion Evander Holyfield will beat George Foreman in Friday's heavyweight title fight, but the former champ still thinks Foreman packs a punch. "I think Holyfield is going to tire him out and beat him," Tyson said yesterday during a visit here with his promoter, Don King. "Foreman could win . . . if he could hit him and knock him out. " King, meanwhile, calls the Holyfield-Foreman bout a "carnival, a curiosity, rather than a competitive combat. " Dressed in apple-green leather overalls, cut at the knee, without a shirt, Tyson was the center of attention as he toured the city in a stretch limousine.
January 19, 2012
MAIN EVENTS president Kathy Duva and matchmaker J Russell Peltz have come up with late substitutions for Saturday night's featured bout at the Asylum Arena, which was to have paired heavyweight contenders Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) and Sergei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KOs). That fight went by the boards when Chambers suffered cracked ribs in training last week and was forced to withdraw. The new 10-round main event for the debut event of four 2012 cards to be televised by the NBC Sports Network pits Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm (13-0-1, 9 KOs)
May 18, 1995 |
The Duva family's reputation for pugnaciousness was embellished during a press conference to hype former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield's comeback bout against Ray Mercer. Brothers Dan and Dino Duva went after rivals with words and fists yesterday at the Trump Regency, making for the liveliest such gathering ever involving the normally low-keyed Holyfield (30-2, 22 knockouts). Holyfield, who takes on Mercer (23-2-1, 16 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder Saturday night in Atlantic City Convention Hall, will be fighting for the first time since being diagnosed as having a "stiff heart," or noncompliant left ventricle, following the loss of his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association titles to Michael Moorer on April 22, 1994.
August 5, 1991 |
Evander Holyfield, owner of the heavyweight boxing title once held by Mike Tyson, has now replaced the former champion as the highest-paid athlete in the world, according to Forbes magazine. Holyfield, who will defend his title against Tyson in November, will earn an estimated $60 million this year, the magazine said in a cover story in its latest issue. Tyson, who dropped to second place, will earn more than $31 million. Boxing continued to be the most lucrative of sports with four fighters - including former champion George Foreman heavyweight contender Razor Ruddock - listed among the world's 10 highest-paid athletes.