Boxer Izon Beats Savarese at Apollo
Nov. 02, 1997
NEW YORK (AP) _ David Izon of Nigeria knocked out hometown hero Lou Savarese, literally driving him from the ring, in a fifth-round barrage that capped the first-ever boxing card Saturday at Harlem's Apollo Theater.
Izon knocked Savarese down with a big right to the forehead about 30 seconds into the fifth round. Savarese got up after a count of eight and stayed on his feet through a sustained battering by Izon until the final seconds of the round, when Izon finally drove him down again.
Savarese collapsed through the ring ropes, falling into a table beside the ring.
With the win, Izon, of Lagos, raised his record to 20-2 with 18 knockouts. The loss was the second in a row for Savarese, who lives in New York and trains in Houston, after 35 straight wins to start his career. In April, he dropped a 12-round split decision to George Foreman.
About 1,000 attended the first fight card ever held at the 84-year-old Apollo, which seats 1,400.
In an earlier featured bout, Hasim Rahman of Baltimore, Md., ran his record to 24-0 (20 knockouts) with a 12-round majority decision over Obed Sullivan of Mesa, Arizona.