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JAMES BUSTER DOUGLAS vs. EVANDER HOLYFIELD 

Description : Here we have the official Mirage boxing PPV poster sponsored by Budweiser. Billed as "The Moment of Truth", took place on October 25, 1990 for the WBA, WBC, IBF, The Ring and lineal Heavyweight championships. The bout took place at The Mirage in Paradise, Nevada, USA and saw Douglas making the first defense of the titles he won from Mike Tyson in February 1990.

I attended this fight at the Mirage! The onsite poster is identical to the one you see here, except it does not have the bottom white pane which is there to be filled in by whatever venue/outlet i.e. sports bar was showing the fight.

After pulling off the shock of the century in knocking out Mike Tyson, Douglas ultimately decided to defend his title against the top contender and signed a fight with Evander Holyfield. Prior to the fight, it was announced that Douglas and Holyfield would split a then-record $32,100,000 purse with Douglas guaranteed $24,075,000, the largest purse ever paid to a single fighter at the time. Holyfield, meanwhile, would earn $8,025,000.

An out-of-shape Douglas came into the fight weighing 246 pounds, 15 pounds heavier then he was for the Tyson fight. Holyfield, meanwhile came into the fight at 208 pounds and dominated the sluggish Douglas, winning both the first and second rounds. In the third round, Douglas attempted to hit Holyfield with an uppercut. Not only did Douglas telegraph the punch, he missed Holyfield completely and knocked himself off balance. Holyfield countered with a straight right to Douglas' chin, knocking the champion flat on his back as referee Mills Lane counted him out. Douglas remained on the canvas for several seconds after the knockout and needed to be helped up twice before he got to his corner.

Douglas was heavily criticised for both his excessive weight gain and his lackluster in-ring performance. His former promoter King was particularly critical, shooting down any chance of a Douglas–Tyson rematch while also calling Douglas' performance "disgraceful". Douglas left boxing to enjoy his financial rewards. By losing his title to Holyfield, Douglas was now free from any contractual obligation to Don King or so he thought! He still had to hand over $7 Million to King by way of compensation for not rematching Tyson. When you consider that King had conspired to cheat Douglas out of his incredible victory that night in beating Tyson when he conspired to get the result overturned due to the "Long Count" in the 8th round when Douglas was decked by a Tyson Uppercut. It's a bit rich to have to compensate someone of the nature of Don King!

Postage: £10.00 Special Delivery... £20.00 International.

Condition : Excellent / Framed 4 display purposes only!
Size : 36.5in x 19.5in
Price : £45.00
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