Written by Rob Scott
Caesars Hosts The Real Deal
Atlantic City – On December 9, 1988, Main Events, Don King Promotions and Caesars Atlantic City brought heavyweight boxing to the Atlantic City Convention Center.
The main event saw undisputed cruiserweight champion, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, 19-0, 15KOs, squared off with former WBC Heavyweight Champion, Pinklon Thomas, 29-2-1, 24KOs, in a scheduled ten round heavyweight attraction.
New to His Class
Including his very last bout, against James Tillis five months earlier, this was only Holyfield’s second time as a heavyweight in his career.
The bout ended when Thomas’ corner, watching their fighter take punishment for seven round, refused to allow him to come out for the eighth.
A Legendary Heavyweight to Come
After the win, Holyfield vacated the Cruiserweight title to compete as a full-time heavyweight.
Also, Michael Dokes scored two eleventh round knockdowns en route to a unanimous twelve round decision to successfully make the first defense of his WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
The wins by both Holyfield and Dokes would set up a meeting between the two in their very next bout.
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