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Holyfield KOs Meachum for Seventh Win

Associated Press

Olympic light-heavyweight bronze medalist Evander Holyfield stormed to his seventh consecutive professional victory by stopping Jeff Meachum in the fifth round of a scheduled eighth-round cruiserweight fight here Wednesday night.

Referee Larry Hazzard stopped the fight when a Holyfield left hook to the head sent Meachum to the canvas for the third time in the fight.

Holyfield (7-0) floored Meachum with an overhand right in the third and again with a left hook to the head in the fourth.

Meachum, who sparred with Holyfield earlier this year, was defenseless against a constant barrage of left hooks and jabs to the head. Holyfield rarely needed to throw his right.

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“I really wanted to work on the left hand tonight,” Holyfield said. “I have to show people I’m not just a puncher anyway. My plan was to keep him on the end of my jab. I’ve got such good reach that I can get good power from that.”

Meachum of Clear Lake, Tex., fell to 10-3 with six knockouts.


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