Originally Posted by Duodenum
Finally, there's a saying that, "As goes the heavyweights, so goes boxing." The sport was never bigger than it was in the early 1980s, and Holmes was the HW Champion in Ali's wake during those heady halcyon days in its history. Lewis was one of those who presided over boxing's decline and fall as a mainstream attraction.
If this was the first time i got in contact with boxing, you'd actually make me believe that the late 70's and early 80's were a great period in heavyweight boxing. Get real, it was a very weak period with titles changing hands all the time, fighters coming in out of shape all the time, the challegers being ducked by the champion, every single close fight being ducked by the champion, the champion dropping his title to avoid a challenger and being given an (at that time) meaningless belt instead, etc.
Nice numerical ways you apply to dodge comparisons between actually beaten competition. Yeah, impressive that Holmes took away the undefeatedness of a a handful of 10 round pups. Wow, and nice that he had 20 consecutive title defenses...... against mostly undeserving challengers while ducking the dangerous fights (rematches & deserving challengers).