Originally Posted by salsanchezfan
I think it's more accurate to simply say Holmes didn't have the legs anymore. The savvy and instinct were still there, which allowed him to potshot pretty effectively, and pick off and block a number of punches, but a sustained effort was out of the question at that point. His guile, savvy, and experience were enough to hold off a smaller, less skilled, and less experienced guy like Holyfield, but at that stage, that's about all he could do.
Nailed it for me.
Holmes's best round was probably the 2nd, where it was looking like Holmes-Mercer all over again, but the biggest problem Holmes had throughout his whole 'comeback career' was his stamina. As an older guy, it could never be as good as it was.
I had Holyfield a winner to the tune of about 9-3, 8-4 at a stretch. Holmes made him look bad at times, but he was still the busier guy.