Sub for a sub Bert Cooper drags Evander Holyfield into the trenches
EVANDER HOLYFIELD w rsf 7 BERT COOPER
November 23, 1991; The Omni, Atlanta, GA
HOLYFIELD was initially set to defend his world heavyweight championship in opposition to Mike Tyson on November 8, 1991 earlier than the previous king pulled out with an harm.Sub Francesco Damiani then withdrew with an ankle downside. So in got here “Smokin” Bert Cooper at brief discover. A bloodbath was anticipated. HBO twice reminded viewers that it had been six years since Holyfield’s final first spherical victory earlier than Cooper, proper on cue, went down in a heap within the opening minutes. However on this evening, Bert was made from stern stuff and famously had Holyfield in serious trouble within the third when the ropes broke the champion’s fall and he was given a rely. By the seventh, after a stirring effort, Cooper was rescued.
DID YOU KNOW? When Holyfield heard that Dan Duva and Shelly Finkel had left messages for him to name them again urgently on October 18, 1991 he feared one thing had occurred to Lou Duva, his supervisor and co-trainer. When Holyfield acquired by means of, he was informed the combat with Tyson was off.
WATCH OUT FOR: The third spherical is a magnificence.