Six Other Memorable Las Vegas-Based Boxing Matches

Jan. 24, 1976

George Foreman scores a 5th-round knockout of fellow heavyweight Ron Lyle at Caesars Palace. The fight includes three knockdowns in a thrilling fourth round, with Foreman hitting the canvas twice.

June 11, 1982

Larry Holmes retains his heavyweight titles with a 13th-round TKO of Gerry Cooney before a crowd of more than 29,000 at Caesars Palace. With Holmes pummeling Cooney in the 13th, Cooney’s trainer enters the ring, halting the bout.

March 17, 1990

In a battle of unbeaten junior welterweight champions, Julio Caesar Chavez scores a dramatic—and highly controversial—comeback victory over Meldrick Taylor at the Las Vegas Hilton. With Taylor easily winning the bout but taking a beating late in the 12th and final round, referee Richard Steele steps in and stops the fight with two seconds left on the clock.

Nov. 13, 1992

In the first of their three wars, Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield stage an action-packed battle for the heavyweight crown at the Thomas & Mack Center, with Bowe winning a 12-round unanimous decision.

May 7, 2005

After twice getting knocked down in the 10th round, Diego Corrales somehow battles back and stops Jose Luis Castillo in the same round to unify the lightweight titles. The nonstop brawl at Mandalay Bay was widely regarded as the 2005 fight of the year.

May 5, 2007

Floyd Mayweather puts on a defensive clinic and reaches full-blown superstar status with a 12-round split-decision victory over Oscar De La Hoya at the MGM Grand Garden. The fight generates $19 million at the gate, 2.4 million pay-per-view buys and earned the combatants more than $75 million—all records at the time.

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