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Larry Holmes vs Tim Witherspoon

Larry Holmes vs Tim Witherspoon

Date: 20th May 1983

Venue: Dunes Hotel & Casino, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Title: WBC World Heavyweight Title

Promoted by: Don King Productions

Larry Holmes
( 42 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 213 lbs

Tim Witherspoon
( 15 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 219 1/2 lbs


WBC No3 contender Tim Witherspoon was Holmes challenger at The Dunes Hotel & Casino, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada in front of an 18,000 strong crowd. This was the 16th defence of the title for Holmes who came into the fight as a 6 to 1 betting favourite.

Holmes won by split decision but the result was not popular with some at ringside who felt Witherspoon had done enough to edge the fight.

Scores: Chuck Hassett 118-111 | Chuck Minker 115-113 | Herb Santos 114-115.

Larry Holmes vs Tim Witherspoon