Remembering Bowe vs Holyfield and Fan Man 25 Years Later

By: TC Martin

It was November 6th, 1993 and a rather cool night around 50 degrees at the outdoor arena at Caesars Palace; the quintessential venue at the time for mega fights in Las Vegas.  We were all expecting a rock em’, sock em, back and forth battle between Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe and Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield.  Instead we got James Miller, from Henderson, a nut-job who thought it would be a good attention grabber to design a motorized parachute and glide into the ring of the World Heavyweight Championship bout.

The fight played out according to form until the seventh round.  At the 1:50 mark, much to everyone’s surprise, we glanced up to the sky and saw Miller crash the party; literally.  His parachute was tangled in the lighting truss and before he could land he was caught in the ropes.  Looking like a bad version Woody Allan in one of his comedies, he was then pummeled by Bowe’s Manager, Rock Newman and his entourage, followed by Metro Police and security guards.

There was a 21 minute delay to clean up the debris and escort him to the Clark County Detention Center.  Ring Announcer Michael Buffer calmed the crowd asked everyone to remain seated.  Meanwhile, Marc Ratner who was just named Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, was trying to control the chaos with the fighters and their camps along with ringside officials.

One of the most interested observers was Bowe’s wife, Judy who was pregnant at the time.  She fainted and had to be taken to the hospital.  As she was revived, she wanted her husband to forgo the remainder of the fight and come to the hospital with her.  Bowe stayed and the fight resumed after the long delay.

Holyfield eventually won the bout by a unanimous decision but if it wasn’t for the interruption, we may have had a different result.  Judge, Patricia Morse-Jarman scored the seventh round even at 10-10.  She later said Bowe was clearly winning the round until the stoppage but because it was so chaotic, she felt she should score it even.  If she would have scored it 10-9 for Bowe, the outcome would have been a Majority Draw and Bowe would have kept his belts.

As far as what we witnessed 25 years ago, the mood of the crowd was sheer amazement. Not in the terms of disgust but more of amusement.  If this would have happened during our current decade. the thoughts would conger up terrorism.  Being pre-9-11, no one thought of it being any more than sillyness.  This was a time when we were used to Morgana The Kissing Bandit and  streakers at sporting events.  Actress Demi Moore was ringside and asked it this was part of the show?   It was a different time back then, pre-internet and social media.  For those of us that witnessed it, we look back and say, “That was crazy but it was pretty cool to be there.” .

Author: TC Martin

“The Doctor” TC Martin is back in Las Vegas where his sports talk radio career began. The TC Martin Show has informed and entertained millions of sports talk radio listeners both nationally and locally since 1992. The program is unique in so many facets. From TC’s high octane personality and diverse knowledge to innovative production elements and quality special guests, the show is truly one of kind. The show focuses on the hot daily sports topics with energetic commentary and live listener interaction with a call-in format. The program is high on information and entertainment while giving listeners the opportunity to hear from the biggest names in the sports and the entertainment industry. Listeners appreciate the wide range of guests, knowledge and topics that TC brings on a daily basis giving listeners a much needed reason to tune in everyday. The TC Martin Show has aired nationally in over 100 markets on the Sports Entertainment Network and Sports Fan Radio Network originating from the Las Vegas studios. In local markets TC worked at KVEG (Las Vegas), KHTK (Sacramento) WDUZ and WNFL (Green Bay) and WSSP (Milwaukee). He worked very closely with all the professional and collegiate teams in those markets including hosting pre and post game shows and players and coaches shows. TC has a unique entertaining and passionate style that immediately connects with listeners. He is known as one of the most entertaining and well-rounded knowledgeable sports talk show hosts in the country. The TC Martin Show is an addictive and fun experience for all sports fans. More about TC... Wrestling and Boxing fans in Las Vegas may remember that TC founded the NWC (National Wrestling Conference) in 1994 and hosted the locally produced television program “NWC Slammin”. The NWC sold out monthly shows at it’s home venues The Silver Nugget and Aladdin Hotel & Casino. The NWC featured the biggest names in professional wrestling including The Ultimate Warrior, Cactus Jack, Sabu, Terry Funk, Rob Van Dam, Jake The Snake Roberts, Junkyard Dog, Honky Man and so many more. TC also has been very involved in the boxing industry while announcing many boxing events in Las Vegas and promoting shows and managing world championship fighters.