On April 19, 1991, the fight between George Foreman and Evander Holyfield happened. A match that was nicknamed “The Battle of The Ages” and a match for the lineal heavyweight champion, as the WBO at the time was still not recognized as the fourth major organization.
It was the third phase of Foreman’s career, returning in 1987 after ten years of retirement. And George didn’t go around. Until the match against Evander, he had 24 victories, of which only in 1989 he fought nine times. Holyfield had come from the light heavyweight division shortly before, which he had literally cleared up, and then very easily defeated Buster Douglas who had shocked Mike Tyson shortly before. Easier, smaller, but also faster and undefeated Holyfield was the favorite against one of the biggest hitters in history, who entered the match with a ratio of 69-2 and 65 wins by knockout.
The match itself caused a great deal of public attention as Foreman appeared in the big match almost 20 years after the legendary “Rumble in the Jungle”, when Ali inflicted his first defeat of his career and forced him into his first, then still shorter retirement. The second retirement, after a second career defeat, lasted, as noted above, a little longer.
There was a lot of talk about the match before him, but also after him. Because 12 rounds of very interesting action was provided by two boxing stars between whom there was a 14 year difference. In short, Evander was ten years old when George reached his first major world title, and less than six when he took Olympic gold. Youth and speed eventually took the lead, and Holyfield focused on later legendary matches against Riddick Bowe, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis. Foreman, unlike the first two defeats, did not retire this time, but three and a half years later defeated Michael Moorer, making him, and remains to this day, the oldest world heavyweight champion.