HOLYFIELD, EVANDER FIGHT WORN ROBE (BOWE II FIGHT-1993)
Regular price $20,000.00
HISTORY: Evander Holyfield fought world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe for the second time on November 6, 1993 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Holyfield won by decision after 12 rounds to gain not only his revenge for his earlier loss, but also the heavyweight title. Bowe opened as a 5-1 favorite, but the odds went down to 2½-1. Bowe was guaranteed 11 million, and Holyfield was guaranteed $9 million. The fight generated 950,000 pay-per-view buys. A crowd of 14,292 produced a gate of $5,792,838.50. Emanuel Steward trained Holyfield for the fight. It was his second and final fight with Holyfield. They split because of a dispute over money. Bowe landed 353 of 786 punches (45 percent), and Holyfield connected on 253 of 514 (49 percent). During the seventh round, James Miller, who called himself Fan Man, flew into the outdoor arena at Caesars Palace on a motorized paraglider and crashed into the ring ropes. After he was yanked from the ropes, a member of Bowe's security knocked him unconscious with a large cell phone. Miller's chute was caught in the overhead ring lights, and it took a while to untangle them. Twenty-one minutes went by before the fight resumed. The Fan Man incident was named The Ring Event of the Year for 1993. Unofficial Associated Press scorecard: 115-113 Bowe; unofficial New York Times scorecard: 117-112 Holyfield. Offered here is the original fight worn robe used by Evander Holyfield for this fight. The fight was sold as part of the Evander Holyfield Auction by Julien's Auctions on November 30, 2012. It is featured on page 168 of the catalogue as Lot 360.
FULL DESCRIPTION: This is an original gold satin with black trim boxing robe. No hood and no sash. Manufacturer's label on front left breast for Everlast. On the back in black lettering are the words, EVANDER "READ DEAL" HOLYFIELD. Clean with no noticeable flaws. Size 44 tag in collar. Rare robe won in a fight Evander Holyfield won the heavyweight title.