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LOOK: Tubby Smith takes the ring against boxing legend Evander Holyfield


The greatest photograph in the history of photographs has been released to the public.

After looking through their old archives, the fine folks over at UK Athletics found and dusted off an old image of former Kentucky basketball coach in the ring taking on boxing legend Evander Holyfield.

The photo was taken during Smith’s three-round bout against the former heavyweight champion back on September 20, 1997 at the Muhammad Ali Cup International Amateur Boxing Challenge in Louisville, KY.

There are no public records or videos that show how the former Kentucky head coach fared against the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two different weight classes, but I’m going to go ahead and say that Tubby knocked him out in the first round.

Since retiring from his historic boxing career, Smith has done pretty well for himself as a college basketball head coach. He won the NCAA championship in 1998, five SEC regular season and tournament titles, and was named AP College Coach of the Year in 2003.

Since leaving Kentucky in 2007, Smith has made head coaching stops at Minnesota, Texas Tech, Memphis, and High Point. Over the course of his 19-year coaching career, Smith has accumulated a total record of 613–317.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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4 Comments for LOOK: Tubby Smith takes the ring against boxing legend Evander Holyfield

  1. ClutchCargo
    9:40 pm May 23, 2019 Permalink

    It was supposed to be a 7 round match, but Tubby couldn’t make the final four. j/k

  2. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    10:29 pm May 23, 2019 Permalink

    Knocked him out in the first round of a three round bout?

  3. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    11:54 pm May 23, 2019 Permalink

    He should have used this recruiting 😉