Updated: Jan 19
Chapter Five – The Nineteen Nineties - Holyfield, Bowe, and the Return of Big George The Decade of the Nineties began with a crashing right hand to the face of James Buster Douglas thrown by Evander Holyfield. Holyfield, a former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion had moved up to heavyweight and won the lineal title from Douglas. He notably defended against George Foreman, a heavyweight champion form the distant Nineteen Seventies. Now in his forties, George had earned a shot at Holyfield, and although he lost, he went the distance. He proved himself a force to be reckoned with. Holyfield lost his title to Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe who in turn lost to Michael Moorer, who in turn lost to Foreman, age 45. The decade ended with Lennox Lewis, a 6 foot 7 inch heavyweight from the United Kingdom holding the undisputed heavyweight championship.
With the proliferation of alphabet titles, there was not one single cruiserweight champion during the entire decade. The WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF claimants are listed. The light heavyweight division was also as bad, until Olympian Virgil Hill unified the title. He then lost it to Polish/German Heavyweight Darius Michalczewski who carried that title into the new century. It the Nineties, the heavyweight division had to carry to Sweet Science.