Buster Douglas Wins by TKO
Feb. 20, 1999
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) _ James ``Buster'' Douglas renewed his pursuit for another shot at the world heavyweight boxing title with a quick victory over Andre Crowder on Friday night.
Douglas, on the comeback trail to regain the heavyweight title he held for eight months in 1990, took the main event at Friday's Rumble on the River, winning by technical knockout at 1 minute, 11 seconds of the first round over Crowder.
A left hook broke Crowder's nose and sent him crumpling to the canvas. The fight was quickly stopped, much to the dismay of the sellout crowd, which booed loudly when the decision was announced.
Douglas, 38-7-1 with 25 knockouts, wanted more work. He didn't get it.
``I thought it could go long,'' Douglas said of what was supposed to be a 10-round heavyweight fight. ``He looked like he was pretty strong to me.''
Crowder of Lima, Ohio, was no match for Douglas, who connected on several early punches before rocking Crowder with the left hook.
``I was trying to throw a lot of combinations,'' said Douglas, 38, of Columbus, Ohio. ``I caught him with a pretty good shot. I felt it in the glove. I felt in my hand that I got him pretty good.''
Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in February, 1990, then lost the title to Evander Holyfield nine months later. He has won eight of his last nine matches since coming back to the sport in 1996 after more than a 5 1/2-year layoff.