Originally Posted by Unforgiven
I think he would have crushed Tyson. With all due respect, I think you're overrating Tyson by assuming Holyfield couldn't afford to do some
brawling with him. And the Bert Cooper fight is not
a good barometer, I believe Holyfield took him lightly.
We'll just have to agree to disagree.
Yes, but one last point. The Cooper fight was actually very telling and heres why. Holyfield could be taken into a brawl by fighters who wanted it or pushed for it. Holyfield just couldnt help himself early on and we saw it time and time again leading up to and including the second Bowe fight where he fought a much more refrained fight and there is no way Holyfield is standing toe to toe with a prime Mike Tyson.
I think you are overating how ring smart Holyfield was in the early part of his career. Yes he did some great things and made some great adjustments in fights, but he wasnt as disciplined as he became later on. It took a mind like Emanuel Steward and Tommy Brooks to hold him back.