29 years on this day: Evander Holyfield – George Foreman fight

Evander Holyfield - George Foreman (Photo: PuzzlePix Photo Agency)

On April 19, 1991, the two legends, then undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (WBC / WBA / IBF) and former undisputed champion (WBC / WBA) George Foreman, came to ring to each other. Holyfield was at the peak of his career at the time, after becoming the undisputed champion in cruiserweight, he repeated the same in heavyweight in October 1990, was unbeaten and was only 29 at the time of the match. In contrast, George Foreman was already past a retreat and returned after a 10-year hiatus to become world champion again. After a decade break, it was his first World Championship title match and he was already 42 years old.

There was huge interest in the match, with roughly 19,000 people watching it on the spot and 1.5 million in front of the TV screens. The two boxers also served the interest. Holyfield won the clash with a unanimous decision (116-111, 117-110, 115-112), but Foreman had no reason to be ashamed either. He didn’t give up and 3.5 years later became world champion again (IBF / WBA).