Originally Posted by rr94
Holyfield was cherrypicked? Probably the riskiest fight at the time. And he was still for years afterwards calling out Tyson.
Well obviously not for the TITLE. Can't cherry-pick there.
But look at who else he faced. In his 24 fights leading up to the Holyfield fight, the closest thing he faced to a top 10 heavyweight contender was Adilson Rodriguez. He was on the fringes of the top 10, and had recently been stretched in 2 by Holyfield.
After the Holyfield fight, Foreman fought journeyman Jimmy Ellis (nice if you go back 20 years and change the skin tone), Alex Stewart (whose own manager said he had lost his confidence and ability to take a shot), a Pierre Coetzer coming off 2 straight stoppage losses (including a brutal fight with Riddick Bowe), and then took on a young dangerous contender in Tommy Morrison, who won handily. Then came the Michael Moorer win, and then Foreman was stripped of his belts not too long after. He faced fringe contenders Alex Schulz, Lou Savarese, Crawford Grimsley, and Shannon Briggs, who fell apart in his biggest fight before that in 3 rounds against Darroll Wilson.