The pace was incredible. On average, a lightweight throws 60 to 70 punches per round. Holyfield threw an average of 85.7; Qawi, forced to work, threw 67.7. In the blur of fists, two of the judges ended up an almost unheard-of 11 points apart. Harold Lederman had Holyfield ahead 144-141, which included a point taken away from Qawi by referee Vincent Rainone for a low blow in the 15th. Neffie Quintana had Holyfield winning 147-138, while Gordon Volkman gave it to Qawi 143-141.
Now maybe Holyfield can put his bronze medal to rest. He keeps it in a safe-deposit box. "I look at it a lot," he said a few days before the fight. "Sometimes I feel like taking it out and having it dipped in gold. Is that crazy?"