Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman


Evander Holyfield vs. George Foreman, billed as “The Battle of the Ages“, was a professional boxing match contested on April 19, 1991 for the WBAWBCIBF and Lineal Heavyweight championships.

The fight is perhaps best remembered for its memorable round 7. At the beginning of the round, Holyfield was the aggressor, throwing several jabs as Foreman stood back, seemingly waiting for an opportunity to land a powerful right hand. Seconds later, Holyfield missed with a left hook, which led to Foreman countering with a big right hook to Holyfield’s head. Foreman would then become the aggressor and continue his attack on Holyfield, landing several punches within the round’s first minute. As the second minute of the round began, Holyfield rebounded and proceeded to land a 15-second, multiple punch combination that staggered Foreman. Though Holyfield’s barrage of punches seemed to tire Foreman, he nevertheless was able to survive the remainder of the round without going down. This round was ultimately named “Round of the Year” by The Ring magazine. Though Foreman was able to stay competitive throughout the fight, Holyfield ultimately won the fight viaunanimous decision, winning all three judges scorecards by scores of 116–111, 117–110 and 115–112. Foreman, however, impressed many by going the distance with the much younger champion.[4]

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