Date: 28th September 1979
Venue: Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Title: WBC World Heavyweight Title
Promoted by: Don King Productions
Tv: ABC Sports
( 31 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 210 lbs
( 59 - 7 - 1 )
Weight: 211 lbs
Holmes and Shavers had met in March 1978 in a final eliminator for the right to face then-champion Ken Norton with Holmes winning a wide unanimous decision. This time Holmes would be defending the WBC belt for the first time having dethroned Norton.
Shavers had gained the WBC No1 spot by knocking out Norton in 1 round 6 months earlier.
Holmes dominated Shavers throughout but, in the 7th round, Shavers detonated an overhand right that sent the champion to the canvas flat on his back. Holmes rose shaking his head trying to clear the fog. Somehow he survived the round and went to work on his dangerous but tiring challenger, eventually forcing referee Davey Pearl to save Shavers at 2:00 of the 11th round