Originally Posted by ramalinga
I responded to your post before, which was only "if's". Fact is that Lewis KO'd a lot of good fighters who came in shape, Holyfield usually had to go to war against a quality fighter who showed up in shape. Yes, Lewis had these two KO losses which hurt him a little, but he did beat Holyfield convicingly and very few fighters ever came close to beating Lewis on points.
If Lewis wasn't a truly dominant HW, who was?
He was a dominant fighter, but against a weaker core of opposition. In shape means nothing if you have no skills. To me fighting a fat Buster Douglas is far more dangerous than fighting Mike Grant or a guy like Andrew Golota who didnt even want to be the arena.
Holyfield was never a KO puncher because of his size, but that is really meaningless when discussing these two fighters. Lewis never fought anyone near the caliber of a prime Rid**** Bowe, so we dont know how well he would have done, but Lewis certainly didnt fight the caliber of fighters that Holyfield did overall.