Originally Posted by madballster
You're one of the better historians here on the forum. Could you point out one opponent of Lennox who, after losing to Lewis, went on to enhance his own resume and legacy rather than continue his decline or implode altogether? Go through them one by one.
Botha, Grant, Golotha, Holyfield, Tyson, McCall, Rahman, Mavrovich etc. What have these guys done after losing to Lewis? Nothing.
I'm not taking anything away here from Lewis, I just feel he doesn't get enough credit for his win against Vitali, his only opponent that was on an upward trajectory in his career rather than on a decline like the rest.
Holyfield went on to win the WBA belt against John Ruiz, then challenge for a world title FIVE more times, earning a draw with Ruiz in one of them, a defeat to Byrd, a defeat to Ibragimov and a very contested loss to Sugar Nikolay Valuev.