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Sunday, March 14, 1999 Published at 08:18 GMT


The big fight: Round by round

Lewis hurts Holyfield with a vicious left

The world heavyweight unification fight between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield was declared a draw. BBC News Online looks at the fight round-by-round.

ROUND ONE: Lewis connects first with left hook and immediately goes on the offensive. Lewis measures out his left jabs and his first following right lands on Holyfield's gloves.

BBC Boxing Correspondent John Rawling reports for BBC Radio 5 Live
Holyfield catches Lewis off balance with right to body and follows up with left hook which connects. On bell, Holyfield lifts Lewis off his feet and draws a warning from referee Arthur Mercante.

ROUND TWO: Lewis gets his dangerous jab working and catches Holyfield on ropes with cutting right hands. Holyfield is having problems getting inside Lewis' reach and Lewis is in the ascendency. Already, Lewis' overhand right appears by far the most dangerous weapon.

ROUND THREE: Holyfield tells his corner "he's out of here" and goes out for round in which he predicted victory.

[ image: Both fighters on the canvas after a tussle]
Both fighters on the canvas after a tussle
Lewis unloads first punches but Holyfield gets inside and connects with two right hooks. Holyfield catches Lewis in corner with a sustained assault of left hooks and right hands. Lewis recovers well but towards the end of round Holyfield connects with more solid hooks as Lewis leaves himself dangerously open.


ROUND FOUR: Lewis is implored by his corner to keep outside working his jab. But he is on the back-foot as Holyfield patiently stalks him. A right hand gets through from Lewis. A left hook and right hand push Lewis back again as Holyfield finds his rhythm.

ROUND FIVE: Lewis begins by flicking out his jab then he catches Holyfield as he lunged in with a big right.
Lewis vs Holyfield
Another right forces Holyfield to cover up in the corner and Lewis fires in a massive right uppercut and left to the body which leaves Holyfield swaying on the ropes. Holyfield typically recovers well, and he fires home a right cross, but it is Lewis' biggest round so far.

ROUND SIX: Lewis is caught by a lightning right hand and has to cover up in the centre of the ring as Holyfield bids to press home his advantage. Lewis' jab is less prominent but when he does fire it, he keeps Holyfield at bay. Lewis still has his hands too low and with five seconds left in the round he appears to walk towards his corner, believing he has heard the bell.


[ image: Holyfield tries to back off from the Lewis jab]
Holyfield tries to back off from the Lewis jab
ROUND SEVEN: Both men wrestle to the floor which leaves Holyfield the unhappiest of the two. Lewis fires jabs into Holyfield on the ropes but does not go in for the kill and Holyfield comes back with a swiping left. Another good right hand from Lewis hurts Holyfield, and a massive uppercut and left hook rock the American in the centre of the ring. Holyfield's face swells up under the assault as Lewis dominates. But still Holyfield recovers and comes forward.

ROUND EIGHT: Lewis comfortably repels Holyfield's advances while remaining patient. Holyfield connects with two rights and is warned by the referee to watch his head as he bulls forward. A short right bangs into Holyfield's face as Lewis finishes the round on top again.

ROUND NINE: Holyfield comes out firing but again Lewis' jab proves a formidable barrier. Holyfield himself connects with a few jabs and a left hook but Lewis counters well with a right hand. Neither man connects with blows that seriously trouble the other.

ROUND TEN: Lewis, who has a small cut above his left eye, is put under pressure by Holyfield, who connects with hooks and forces the Englishman to cover up. Another clean right hand smashes against Lewis' jaw but Lewis' much-questioned chin shows no signs of failing him. Holyfield is setting the pace and whacks home a right counter. Lewis is breathing heavily as the round ends.

ROUND ELEVEN: Holyfield attempts to take charge again, lunging in with rights which have varying degrees of success. Leiws appears unable to up the pace but he connects with a good countering right. Holyfield is well in control. Lewis punches the air in triumph as the bell rings.

ROUND TWELVE: Both men want a big last round and Lewis gets on top with two jabs. It gets untidy as both men tire, but Lewis is marginally on top. Lewis catches Holyfield with a sharp right in the dying seconds.





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