Originally Posted by Kalasinn
I strongly believe Holyfield has been shot in every fight post Lewis II, just fluctuating degrees of shot, judging by the video evidence we have. In that sad period, Shot Holyfield has lost to Ruiz, Byrd, Toney, Donald, Ibragimov, & was saved by a small butt-cut NC stoppage against the unknown Sherman Williams. Granted he deserved the decison against Valuev, but people have pointed out that Ruiz & Donald may have beaten Valuev too, yet weren't granted the decisions they earned either. Don King WBA judging stinks.
I agree. Holyfield had a resurgence when he faced Tyson. Seemed to be mentally uplifted by the win even though his skills had still declined quite a bit, but I think losing to Lewis took that mental edge away from him and made him more like a typical shot fighter.
I still think he would have stood a chance against the Klits even somewhat recently given his fighting style.