This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History – Mike Tyson vs. Larry Holmes

Written by Rob Scott

Atlantic City — January 22, 1988 — On this day in Atlantic City boxing history, Don King Productions, along with Trump Plaza brought Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes together in a battle for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship Of The World.

The Atlantic City Convention Center played host to this match-up of a great former champion trying to turn back the hands of time, against a current champion who many were saying greatness was inevitable.

Tyson vs. Holmes

Experience Takes on Youth

The thirty-eight-year-old Holmes, whose last bout was an unsuccessful attempt to regain the IBF/lineal heavyweight championship from Michael Spinks some twenty-one months earlier, looked to take his ring experience into the ring against Tyson who was a young twenty-one years of age at the time.

In the end, youth prevailed over experience as Tyson scored three knockdowns in the fourth round with the referee, Joe Cortez, calling a halt to the bout with five seconds remaining in the round.

This marked the first time Holmes had been knocked out in his career

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