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Riddick Bowe Beats Evander Holyfield This Day November 13, 1992 and Wins the Heavyweight Crown

Riddick Bowe Beats Evander Holyfield This Day November 13, 1992 and Wins the Heavyweight Crown



  • Riddick Bowe 235 lbs
  • Evander Holyfield 205 lbs
  • UD in round 12 of 12
  • Location: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Referee: Joe Cortez
  • Judge: Chuck Giampa 115-112
  • Judge: Jerry Roth 117-110
  • Judge: Dalby Shirley 117-110
  • WBC Heavyweight Title (3rd defense by Holyfield)
  • WBA Heavyweight Title (4th defense by Holyfield)
  • IBF Heavyweight Title (4th defense by Holyfield)





Holyfield was a 7-5 favorite.

Bowe was ranked No. 1 by the WBA and No. 3 by the WBC and IBF.

Holyfield was guaranteed $5 million and Bowe was guaranteed $3 million. With their percentage of revenues, Holyfield earned around $17 million and Bowe made $5.5 million.

There was a crowd of about 18,000 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The fight generated over 900,000 pay-per-view buys.

Holyfield was badly hurt early in the tenth round by a right uppercut. Bowe went for the knockout, but Holyfield was able to survive Bowe’s onslaught and come back to finish strong. At the end of the round, Al Bernstein, commentator on the pay-per-view broadcast, called it one of the best rounds in heavyweight history.

In the eleventh round, Bowe hurt Holyfield with a left hook. Holyfield tried to clinch, but Bowe stepped to his right and dropped Holyfield with a right to the side of the head.

Bowe vs. Holyfield was named Fight of the Year by The Ring.

Round ten was named Round of the Year by The Ring.

Before the fight, Bowe signed an agreement with the WBC to make his first title defense—if he should defeat Holyfield—against the winner of the October 31 title eliminator between No. 1-ranked Razor Ruddock and No. 2-ranked Lennox Lewis, which Lewis won by a second-round knockout.

The WBC gave Bowe and Lewis until December 13 to reach an agreement or the fight would go to a purse bid. If Bowe refused to meet Lewis, the WBC title would be awarded to Lewis. Rock Newman, Bowe’s manager, made two offers to Lewis. The first would have guaranteed Lewis $3 million, while giving Bowe 90% of the purse and Lewis 10%. The second offer was for Lewis to refuse the WBC title, have an interim fight in the United States for $2.5 million, and then fight Bowe for $9 million or a percentage to be negotiated. Frank Maloney, the manager of Lewis, rejected both offers and countered with his own proposal: a 75-25 percent split of the purse. Newman turned it down. Maloney later had a change of heart and agreed to the first offer, but Newman told him he was too late. Newman said a deal for Bowe to defend the title against an opponent other than Lewis was imminent.

On December 14, 1992, Bowe held a news conference and dumped his WBC title into a garbage can. “If Lewis wants the belt, he has to get it out of the garbage,” Bowe said. The WBC then declared Lennox Lewis the new WBC heavyweight champion.

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