Re: Evander Holyfield vs Lennox Lewis in their primes?
I love Evander. He is a personal friend of mine.
Lewis was an amateur rival I rooted against his entire career.
I pick Lewis to beat Evander. He killed him in the first fight, won clearly in the second fight when he fought more cautiously.
I don't see Evander as having the heavyweight tools to win this fight.
Evander is a great fighter, who achieved some amazing things, and he is a terrific friend. But he struggles head to head because of his size, reach, and lack of punch. He also needs to be set to punch or he looks uncoordinated. Lewis' jab keeps him off balance, just as it did in both actual fights, and Lewis' power keeps Evander from getting reckless and heating up. What punches Holyfield does manage to score in this game of cat and mouse, don't hurt enough to turn the tide.
Lewis is a top 10 ATG heavyweight, beneath Holyfield imo, but he's a top 4 H2H heavyweight. He had all the tools needed to win fights. All of them.