Boxing History: November 6, 1993 Evander (Real Deal) Holyfield W 12 Riddick (Big Daddy) Bowe, Las Vegas. Regains World Heavyweight Title. The infamous “fan man” fight. Heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe was the heaviest of his career when he outweighed Evander Holyfield by 29 pounds. The 6-foot-5-inch Bowe came in at 246 pounds. Holyfield, 6-2, weighed 217 for his attempt to regain the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles he lost in a unanimous decision to Bowe. Bowe, 26, weighed at least 290 before beginning training about seven before the fight. Judges Scoring: Jerry Roth 115-113, Patricia Morse Jarman 115-114, Chuck Giampa 114-114.
Professional boxing, or prizefighting, emerged in the early twentieth century as boxing gradually attained legitimacy and became a regulated, sanctioned sport. Professional boxing bouts are fought for a purse which is divided between the boxers as determined by contract. Most professional boxing bouts are supervised by a regulatory authority to guarantee the fighters’ safety. Most high-profile bouts obtain the endorsement of a sanctioning body, which awards championship belts, establishes rules, and assigns its own judges and referee. Professional boxing bouts are typically much longer than amateur bouts, and can last up to twelve rounds, though less significant fights can be as short as four rounds. Protective headgear is not permitted, and boxers are generally allowed to take substantial punishment before a fight is halted. Pro boxing has enjoyed a much higher profile than amateur boxing throughout the twentieth century and beyond.