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Holmes to Fight McCall for Title

October 27, 1994|From Staff and Wire Reports

Larry Holmes, who turns 45 in a week, will challenge WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall on Jan. 21.

George Foreman, who will be 46 on Jan. 10, will challenge Michael Moorer for the IBF and WBA heavyweight titles Nov. 5 at Las Vegas in what will be his first fight in 17 months.

It will be the 29-year-old McCall's first defense of the title he won on a shocking second-round knockout of Lennox Lewis on Sept. 25 at London.

Possible sites are Las Vegas or Atlantic City, N.J.

It will be Holmes' third bid at regaining at least a piece of the championship.

He failed to regain the IBF title from Michael Spinks when he lost a split decision in 1986, then retired.

Holmes came back to challenge Mike Tyson in 1988, was stopped in the fourth round and retired again.

From the time Holmes became champion by outpointing Ken Norton in 1978 until he lost it on points to Spinks in 1985, Holmes made 17 defenses of the WBC title, which he relinquished, and two defenses of the IBF title.

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