Out for the count
Saturday 04 September 1999
It was the judges they were threatening to shoot on 13 March this year, after a draw was declared between Evander Holyfield (above, centre) and Britain's Lennox Lewis (above, right) in the latest World Heavyweight Championship fight, held at Madison Square Gardens in New York. Talk abounded of fixes, backhanders and the allegedly malign influence of promoter Don King. How, for example, did judge Eugenia Williams give the fifth round to Holyfield when he was pinned on the ropes for 45 seconds without striking a blow, and Lewis threw twice as many punches? As The Independent put it at the time, this "cannot be regarded as anything other than one of boxing's great injustices". Or, in the words of Lewis's manager Frank Maloney, "We were robbed. It's an absolute con. This result has set boxing back to the dark ages."
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