On October 25, 1990, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, became World Boxing Council heavyweight champion after knocking out James “Buster” Douglas.
From first bell, Evander dominated the action until he landed an incredible punch cluster on James, leaving him completely out of action. Douglas’s poor performance against Holyfield was the subject of much criticism, resulting him being out of the ring for more than 6 years.
Before facing Holyfield, “Buster” scored the biggest win of his career by knocking against all odds, the then undefeated champion Mike Tyson in Tokyo, Japan.
Evander, who was also cruiserweight champion, had already fought 6 times as heavyweight and was the current Continental Americas champion of the WBC when he overwhelmed Douglas.
This win was very important for Evander, as he would become WBC champion but also one of the most respected heavyweights of modern times.
Holyfield, from Atmore, Alabama, United States, was the winner of the bronze medal at the Olympics in 1984, and faced brilliant opposition during his pro career. To name, but a few: Muhammad Qawi, Carlos De Leon, James Buster Douglas, Riddick Bowe, Mike Tyson, Hasim Rahman, Lennox Lewis, Michael Moorer and of course George Foreman.