Date: 20th May 1983
Venue: Dunes Hotel & Casino, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Title: WBC World Heavyweight Title
Promoted by: Don King Productions
( 42 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 213 lbs
( 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.