Re: Bowe-Holyfield III
Well unless you want to accuse HBO of fraud then Holyfield had Hepatitis A in that 3rd Bowe fight - watch HBO's legendary nights on the trilogy it makes it very clear.
It also makes sense watching the fight that there was something wrong with Holyfield. He had never gassed that early in a fight. He was basically done after the first 3 rounds. Yeah he knocked Bowe down but he didn't have any energy to put some punches together and finish him off.
Again, up until Bowe III, when did Holfyield show ANY kind of stamina problems in a fight. Only in the first Moorer fight and that was a close fight (that I had Moorer eeking out by a point). In Holyfield's prime (89-93) Holyfield had a great workrate and had no problem going 12 hard rounds.
Something was wrong with him that night against Bowe. Now I would say he was an IDIOT for going through with the fight. To me it was by far the dumbest thing Holyfield has done in his whole career. He should have delayed the fight for a couple of months. His foolish mistake and it cost him.
Regarding Bowe II -
Close fight but I thought Holyfield won it. He won more of the clear rounds. Here are my scores round by round
Holyfield clearly won rounds 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 11
Bowe clearly won rounds 1, 3, 9, and 12
So 6 clear rounds for Holyfield and 4 clear rounds for Bowe. I challenge anyone to dispute this fact.
Rounds 2 and 4 are the tougher rounds to score.
I gave round 2 to Bowe slightly because he was busier.
I gave round 4 to Holyfield because he landed the more telling blows and closed the round strongly. Both had their moments in round 4 but Holyfield was more dominant in winning round 4.
So I scored fight 2 - 115-113 for Holyfield - 7 rounds to 5 for Holyfield
You'd have to give Bowe round 4 to get him a draw and I don't see it. To me that was a Holyfield round clearly but it was closer than some of the other rounds.
So all in all a close but clear win for Holyfield in fight 2. Also have to remember that Holyfield had a pretty dominant rounds 5, 6, 10, and 11. In round 11 Holyfield knocked Bowe's mouthpiece out and had him in some trouble. In rounds 5 and 6 Holyfield whacked Bowe around pretty good. On the other hand even the rounds Bowe won he didn't hurt Evander significantly in any particular round. I'd say round 9 was Bowe's best round, but even in that round Evander landed some good shots.
Overall fight 2 was just Evander's night - he threw the crisper punches and he controlled the fight with his footwork and choosing when to box and when to slug. Bowe on the other hand was not as crisp and sharp, and seemed befuddled by Holyfield not just barrelling in and trying to outslug him (like fight 1).
For the record I scored their first fight 115-112 for Bowe. In the first fight Boew clearly had the most dominant moments, of course coming in the first half of round 10 and the knockdown in round 11.
Here's my scorecard for Bowe/Holyfield I
Holyfield clearly wins rounds 1, 2, 5, and 8
Bowe wins rounds 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, and 11 (a 10-8 round with the knockdown)
So Holy clearly wins 4 rounds and Bowe clearly wins 6 rounds
I scored the 6th round and the 12th round even - too close to call
So Bowe wins the first fight 115-112
But a great trilogy
Too bad we didn't get a Bowe/Lewis trilogy, and a a Holyfield Tyson fight from 89-91. And a Bowe/Tyson fight somewhere along the way. Damn the 90s could have been so much better than they were. It was a good/very good era but it could have been great. So frustrating.
Just have to cherish the first 2 Bowe/Holyfield fights I guess since they were the only clashes we got prime for prime amongst the big 4 (Tyson, Holyfield, Bowe, and Lewis).