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This Day in Georgia History

April 22, 1994

Holyfield Lost to Moorer

After regaining the IBF-WBA heavyweight boxing championship the previous year, Evander Holyfield fought Michael Moorer in Las Vegas in his first title defense. Appearing tired and listless, Holyfield lost a 12-round decision. Complaining of chest pains after the fight, Holyfield was examined by a doctor, who found a hole in his heart. As a result, Holyfield would subsequently announce his retirement. Later, however, he would announce that the problem was not as bad as originally thought, thus prompting his return to the ring.

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