I could of course use the counter argument that Holyfield was also inconsistent against smaller heavyweights such as Moorer.
Either way, Holyfield is what I am left with at the moment.
What if Holyfield had been born with the power of Joe Louis?
We all would, but there don't seem to be so many trainers who could perfect such a jewel.
Another couple observations... I don't think Holyfield's conditioning program really enhanced any power he possessed. He mostly looked and performed like a roided bodybuilder, one with excellent skills and immense heart, but all top heavy and over muscled. That was his solution to compete in a division for which he naturally did not qualify.
Training an action fighter is very much high risk/high reward, but high risk in the marqee division does not play. Action fighters by nature have short shelf lives... Especially at heavyweight.