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This Day in Georgia History

November 09, 1997

Holyfield Beat Moorer

WBA champion Evander Holyfield beat IBF champion Michael Moorer with a TKO in the 8th round to claim the WBA-IBF world heavyweight championship title in Las Vegas. For his victory, the 35-year-old Atlantan received $20 million, boosting his career earnings to $167 million. In April 1994, Holyfield lost the WBA-IBF crown to Moorer, whose professional record coming into the fight was 39-2. Holyfield’s win left only WBC champion Lennox Lewis standing in the way of the unified world championship.

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