Originally Posted by turbotime
Holyfield was good when he was in his prime,not when he fought Lewis in 1999. He was on the major decline. Holyfield had struggled with Vaugh Bean a year prior to Lewis. Lewis himself stated that Holyfield looked like a "has been." Fights him a year later,struggles over 2 fights.
Vitali was as good as he ever was when he fought Lewis. Vitali earned a rematch and Lewis retired. Lewis didnt definitively beat Vitali at all in all fairness. And I am no fan of Vitali but it's not fair.
Lewis stopped Vitali, and Holyfield was capable at the time and was actually favoured over Lewis at the time of the fight.