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26 Years Ago: 'Fan Man' crashes championship boxing match on the Las Vegas Strip

Championship fight crashed by paragliding man
Posted: 12:02 AM, Nov 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-07 06:39:22-05
'Fan Man' crashes title fight
Riddick Bowe
Bowe V Holyfield
Bowe V Holyfield

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — It's been 26 years since a championship fight on the Las Vegas Strip was interrupted by a man and his powered paraglider.

Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe went toe-to-toe outside Caesars Palace on November 6, 1993.

Seven rounds in, Henderson resident James "Fan Man" Miller flew into the ring and began his 15 minutes of fame.

Boxing analyst Jon Saraceno was ringside.

In 2015, Saraceno told 13 Action News, "We could see 'Fan Man' coming in from the sky probably miles away."

The parachute on Millers' paraglider became caught in lights. He slammed into the ropes and was met with a beatdown.

"Rock Newman, the manager of Bowe, and the rest of the Bowe entourage, they thought it was a terrorism act," Saraceno said. "They immediately started beating him senseless with their walkie-talkies."

"Fan Man" was knocked unconscious and rushed to the hospital. The heavyweight title fight was delayed several minutes.

"That was a very dramatic fight between Bowe and Holyfield," Saraceno said. "There's no telling what would have happened had 'Fan Man' not sailed into those ring ropes."

Holyfield would win the fight.

"Fan Man" recovered and was booked into Clark County Detention Center. He was released after posting $200 bail.

"Fan Man" staged similar stunts at sporting events in the United States and United Kingdom, but health problems eventually prevented him from flying.

He moved to Alaska in 1996 and killed himself in 2002.