Originally Posted by McGrain
Chisora is of British and European title type calibre. I have no problems imagining him giving Pulev a difficult night. Holyfield was so good that it's fair to say that only a tiny handful of men in the history of all the sport were clearly better at doing boxing than he was in his prime (guys like Robinson and Leonard). So yeah, I could see a 40's Holyfield beating Chisora. But I think Chisora has the pressure and the chin to keep that fight competitive. I don't think he would be outclassed or anything.
Well, I think Benny Leonard had a style that just wouldn't work being a cruiser-sized fighter going up into heavyweight.
Ray Robinson was a boxer-puncher par excellence, and was usually the tall rangey guy too.
IF Holyfield had stayed at cruiser we might have seen him develop a more Robinson-esque style. (That's not to say he shouldn't have been a bit smarter as a HW many times too)
But, yeah, those men were better. More fights, better records too.