Today sees the 25th anniversary of Holyfield’s first ascension to the heavyweight throne. His easy, third-round KO win over James “Buster” Douglas – who had, of course, shocked the world by smashing Mike Tyson to take the undisputed titles in February of 1990 – was not a great fight in any way. Still, the bout is memorable as it saw Evander realize his lifelong goal.
Here, Holyfield – who walked away with a 44-10-2 (29) record (six of these defeats coming at a time when the 1984 Olympian had long since passed his peak) – looks back on the win over Douglas and some of his other legendary fights.
It’s 25 years since you first became heavyweight champion, with your October 1990 win over James “Buster” Douglas. Does it seem that long ago to you?