WBC Countdown to #FuryWhyte Greatest Heavyweight Fights by OPUS: #BoweHolyfield
An extraordinary all action fight in which Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield lost his undisputed heavyweight title to Riddick “Big Daddy Bowe.”
Six feet two and a half inches tall Evander, who weighed ONLY two hundred and five pounds, against six feet five, two hundred and thirty five pounds Riddick, who looked absolutely gigantic in comparison. Both came into this fight undefeated and both showed iron willpower intensity to win it. Evander, who initially threw a lot of right leads, was sharper and quicker, but as early as round three, he was cut above the right eye. The pace was unremitting, unrelenting pressure cooker scalding and blistering, with some tremendous exchanges, which were fiercely thrilling. By round eight, Riddick was also cut above the right eye and both their faces were showing swollen signs of heavy handed warfare. Taciturn Eddie Futch in Riddick`s corner and volatile Lou Duva in Evander´s, directing strategy. The breakthrough came for Riddick in the tenth. He landed a hard right uppercut and then another one of almost TNT proportions, which so very nearly put Evander down.
Riddick poured on the pressure, but Evander using all of his guile, guts and superb conditioning, survived and suddenly started fighting back, with intensity plus tenacity! In the eleventh Riddick landed a massive right and Evander went down hard. Somehow, goodness knows how… Evander got up, fought back and finished the round and then the final stanza of this veritable, voracious ring war, to lose a unanimous decision. After the final bell tolled, Riddick allowed himself the ghost of a weary smile. A give and take boxing marathon. And…an Absolutely fantastic fight.