FlashbackFriday (feat. Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield)
Date: November 9, 1996. Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Nickname of Contest: Finally which features Mike Tyson against Evander Holyfield.
The Finally contest was World heavyweight Championship between Iron Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield (aka The Read Deal) which the latter finally won in the 11th round.
Other weight categories in boxing may have undefeated boxers but very rare in the heavyweight category and if likened to football it’s like a team going through two seasons (or more) unbeaten. Invincible Arsenal team in 2003-2004 did but only for a season so an heavyweight boxer losing isn’t big deal but coming back counts.
Mohammed Ali, George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield … are all-time boxing greats that came back after losing their titles. Heavyweight boxing is elite boxing competition and two-time, three-time heavy weight champion and so on is more sensational than undefeated ‘heavyweight champion’.
Lenox Lewis, Klitschko brothers had their era too and losing isn’t failure but normal occurrence in heavyweight boxing and bounce back after initial setback adds more titles, more honours to the career of boxers.
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