Against All Odds
November 9, 1996 - It was supposed to be a mismatch Mike Tyson against Evander Holyfield. And it was, but not the way fight fans expected it.
Holyfield took away Tyson's WBA crown, becoming a heavyweight champ for the third time with a dominating performance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A 7½-1 underdog (down from an opening line of 25-1), the 34-year-old challenger didn't resemble the man who had lost three of his previous seven fights.
Holyfield, who at 215 was seven pounds lighter than the champ, controlled the bout throughout. He knocked down the not-so Iron Mike with a left hook in the sixth round, only the second time Tyson had hit the canvas in 47 professional fights. He battered Tyson severely in the 10th and after rocking the former bully with right-left combinations in the 11th, referee Mitch Halpern stopped the fight 37 seconds into the round. "The man was out," Halpern said.Holyfield, who earned $11 million ($19 million less than Tyson), was way ahead on all three scorecards. The TKO raised his record to 33-3 with 24 knockouts, while Tyson fell to 45-2.
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