Buster Douglas vs Evander Holyfield, billed as “The Moment of Truth“, was a professional boxing match contested on October 25, 1990 for the WBA, WBC, IBF, and lineal Heavyweight championships. The bout took place at The Mirage inParadise, Nevada, USA and saw Douglas making the first defense of the titles he won from Mike Tyson in February 1990.
An out-of-shape Douglas came into the fight weighing 246 pounds, 15 pounds heavier then he was for the Tyson fight. Holyfield, meanwhile came into the fight at 208 pounds and dominated the sluggish Douglas, winning both the first and second rounds. In the third round, Douglas attempted to hit Holyfield with an uppercut. Not only did Douglas telegraph the punch, he missed Holyfield completely and knocked himself off balance. Holyfield countered with a straight right to Douglas’ chin, knocking the champion flat on his back as referee Mills Lane counted him out. Douglas remained on the canvas for several seconds after the knockout and needed to be helped up twice before he got to his corner.
Douglas was heavily criticised for both his excessive weight gain and his lackluster in-ring performance. His former promoter King was particularly critical, shooting down any chance of a Douglas–Tyson rematch while also calling Douglas’ performance “disgraceful”. Douglas left boxing after this, not to return until 1996. He won the first six fights of his comeback before being knocked out in the first round by Lou Savarese. He won his next two fights before retiring for good in 1999.
Holyfield’s first defense of his title came on April 19, 1991, against former heavyweight champion George Foreman, who was returning from retirement, in Atlantic City. After Holyfield defeated Foreman by decision, the long awaited match between Holyfield and Tyson, who defeated Donovan Ruddock in two fights for the #1 contendership to the title, was signed for November 8, 1991, in Las Vegas. However, an injury and Tyson’s subsequent arrest and incarceration for raping Desiree Washington scuttled these plans. Holyfield instead fought Bert Cooper on November 23, 1991, in his hometown of Atlanta and knocked him out in the seventh round. Holyfield made one more defense of his title, against another former champion out of retirement in Larry Holmes, in June 1992, before losing to Riddick Bowe in November 1992. Holyfield regained the WBA and IBF titles from Bowe in a 1993 rematch, losing them to Michael Moorer in 1994. After a brief retirement due to a misdiagnosed heart condition, Holyfield returned to the ring and upset WBA champion Tyson in a November 1996 fight to become only the second fighter to win a heavyweight title three times. He defeated Tyson in their 1997 rematch, then followed it with a defeat of Moorer in a rematch to reclaim the IBF title. After losing his titles in a unification fight with Lennox Lewis in 1999, Holyfield won his fourth heavyweight title by defeating John Ruiz for the WBA title in 2000. He promptly lost the title in his next fight against Ruiz, and after a draw in their third match, Holyfield largely faded away from the title scene.
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