Savarese hurt Holyfield with an uppercut in the third but Holyfield came back to hurt and eventually knock down Savarese with a flurry of punches in the fourth. Savarese survived and remained competitive in rounds six through eight until Holyfield landed a perfect right to the body, left hook to the head combination that dropped Savarese to the canvas in round nine. Big Lou showed tremendous heart in denying Holyfield the knock out and making it to the final bell in what was likely the final fight of his professional career.
All three judges scored the fight for Holyfield: 99-87, 98-90 and 96-91.
A seemingly rejuvenated Holyfield has now won four straight and appears on the verge of getting a title shot against one of the four current beltholders ... yet another amazing chapter in the Hall of Fame career of Holyfield, who seemed completely finished after going 2-5-2 over the six year period from 1999 through 2004.
George Foreman was 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer to become the oldest man to hold the heavyweight title. Evander Holyfield turns 45 on October 19. Stay tuned . . .