This Day In Sports History (November 6th) — Fan Man
It was on this day in 1993 that Evander Holyfield went toe-to-toe with Riddick Bowe for the second time in their respective careers. Holyfield would win the rematch, recapturing the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles in the process.
One year earlier, Bowe and Holyfield stepped into the ring together in Las Vegas, and on that occasion it was Bowe emerging victorious, as he won by unanimous decision and captured the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles from Holyfield. That fight also earned Ring Magazine “Fight of the Year” honors, setting up a highly-anticipated rematch one year later.
Holyfield appeared to be much better prepared during that rematch, as he earned the unanimous decision victory to recapture the titles, and he was also named “Athlete of the Year” for 1993 by ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
Although this was a big victory for Holyfield during his illustrious career, the fight was overshadowed by what took place during the seventh round, as a man parachuted recklessly into the ring. The man was quickly dragged away by security and several angry fans, and he has since been referred to by many as “Fan Man.”
Pat Tillman, NFL – Born on November 6, 1976 in Fremont, california
Ana Ivanović, WTA – Born on November 6, 1987 (age 26) in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Lamar Odom, NBA – Born on November 6, 1979 (age 34) in New York City, New York