|Text on Button||TVKO FIGHT OF THE MONTH HOLYFIELD TYSON NOV. 8, 1991 TVKO|
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Heavyweight champion boxers Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield were scheduled to fight on November 8, 1991 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Tyson had lost his title to Buster Douglas in 1990, and Holyfield defeated Douglas later that year to become the reigning champion. After Holyfield also beat former and future champion George Foreman, a deal was signed for Holyfield to defend his crown against Tyson in Las Vegas. The projected gross earnings for the fight were over $100 million. TVKO was the event production leg of HBO that was slated to show the 1991 fight on pay-per-view television. Tyson was indicted on rape charges in September of 1991, but the fight was not canceled until Tyson claimed he had suffered an injury in training. Tyson was later convicted and imprisoned for three years, but the two finally had their first match in 1996 following Tyson's release, which ended in victory for Holyfield.