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This Day in Georgia History

August 12, 2000

Holyfield Defeated Ruiz

In a very controversial - though unanimous 12-round decision by the three judges - Atlanta’s Evander Holyfield defeated John Ruiz in Las Vegas for the World Boxing Association’s heavyweight championship. Holyfield’s victory resulted in his fourth WBA championship.

To view an image of Evander Holyfield, see the Digital Library of Georgia.