McCall beats Holmes to retain WBC title
LAS VEGAS - Oliver McCall retained the WBC heavyweight championship against 45-year-old Larry Holmes when Father Time got into the act in the second half of the fight Saturday night at Caesars Palace.
Holmes used all the tricks and knowledge of his long career, but his aging legs finally did him in as McCall came on to score a unanimous decision.
Holmes dictated the first half of the fight as McCall refused to be aggressive, letting Holmes rest his legs.
At the end of six rounds, promoter Don King bellowed at McCall: "You'd better not blow this fight, brother."
Then McCall's aggression and Holmes' age combined to put the fight firmly in McCall's hands.
"He came out more courageous than George Foreman," McCall said. "I had the better jab and I felt that made the difference."
McCall improved to 26-5; Holmes fell to 61-5.
Also on the card, Julio Cesar Chavez defended his WBC super lightweight title against European champion Giovanni Parisi; No. 1 contender Tony Tucker lost to No. 2 contender Bruce Seldon for the vacant WBA heavyweight championship; rising star Felix Trinidad defended his IBF welterweight title with a second round TKO of Roger Turner.
Also, WBC super welterweight champ Luis Santana retained his title after his opponent, Terry Norris, was disqualified for punching after the bell sounded.
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