In the first part of our Boxing History Series, Andrew Montanez takes a look at Evander Holyfield's path to his dominating win over Buster Douglas to become heavyweight champion.
We all remember November 9th, 1996, we may not remember by the actual date, but definitely by the event that took place that night. This was the day we saw Evander Holyfield win the take on Mike Tyson for the WBA Heavyweight Championship and become a legend in the world of boxing.
To set up this event up, let's go back a few years to when Mike Tyson fought Buster Douglas. Mike Tyson was the Heavyweight Champion, on top of his game, and seemed to be this unbeatable heavyweight knockout monster. But as most of us remember, as big of a favorite as 1990 Mike Tyson was, it was Buster Douglas who KO'd Mike in Japan that morning.
After his 1990 loss to Buster Douglas, Mike Tyson was not granted an immediate rematch (though he deserved it, the way the UFC gives rematches) and had to fight his way back to a title fight.
You see, after Tyson lost to Douglas, Evander Holyfield was the next contender for the title, as he was coming up from being the dominant Cruiserweight champion of the world. Holyfield absolutely crushed Douglas who attempted a lead hook from distance, and was cracked in the face making Holyfield the new world champion.
It wasn't till years later where we saw Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield fight each other, as they both went on completely different paths. Holyfield went on to lose his lineal Heavyweight title to Riddick Bowe, gain it back against Bowe, lose it to Michael Moorer, and then lose again to Bowe. Holyfield was able to get back on the winning track against by TKO'ing the former predecessor to Holyfield's cruiserweight belt, Bobby Czyz.