Date: 22nd January 1988
Venue: Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Title: WBC, WBA & IBF World Heavyweight Titles
Promoted by: Don King Productions
Tv: HBO PPV
( 32 - 0 - 0 )
Weight: 215 3/4 lbs
( 48 - 2 - 0 )
Weight: 225 3/4 lbs
Mike Tyson entered the ring at The Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey as an 8-to-1 betting favourite over 38-year-old former champion Larry Holmes. Four rounds later, the oddsmakers were proved correct after the 21-year-old undisputed world heavyweight champion scored three brutal knockdowns before referee Joe Cortez counted out Holmes at 2:55 of round four.
Larry Holmes will go down in boxing history as one of the greatest to hold the world heavyweight title and Tyson was quick to add his tribute to the former cham saying "Larry Holmes was a legendary fighter, and if he was at his best, I couldn't stand a chance."