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Old 10-10-2010, 10:42 PM   #23
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Default Re: Evander Holyfield vs Lennox Lewis in their primes?

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Originally Posted by Kalasinn View Post
Your wording reeks of bias:
No, it reeks of memory and historical awareness.

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Lewis peaked very late, he was already 31 in the McCall rematch, do you really consider him past-prime against Holy?
Yes, like others who saw his fight with Mavrovic.

Time Now Running Out On Holyfield and Lewis
By TIMOTHY W. SMITH
Published: September 28, 1998

Lennox Lewis survived to score a 12-round unanimous decision here Saturday night over Zeljko Mavrovic, the 27-year-old Croat with the granite head. And if there is a theme song for the heavyweight division these days, it is the Bee Gees' ''Stayin' Alive,'' because survival is the only thing that matters.

The week before Lewis climbed into the ring under a big tent in the parking lot of the Mohegan Sun Casino, Evander Holyfield, the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association champion, clung to his titles with a lackluster 12-round decision over Vaughn Bean.

Survival is not limited to the boxers who hold the major titles. Hasim Rahman, a talented young heavyweight, pulled out of a fight against David Tua on the undercard here. Two weeks before he was due to fight, Rahman signed a promotional agreement with Don King and did not want to risk losing to Tua and thereby surrendering a chance to be the No. 1 contender. Rahman is No. 3 now, and a victory would have enhanced his standing and net worth by $300,000.

Tua fought anyway, against Eric Curry, scoring a smashing technical knockout at 43 seconds of the first round. That was the heavyweight highlight of the night.

The obvious message from both the Lewis-Mavrovic and Holyfield-Bean fights was that the next bout for Holyfield, 35, and Lewis, 33, should be against each other in a title unification match.

''Unless they fight soon, one of these guys is going to lose,'' said Lou DiBella, senior vice president of programming at HBO Sports, which televised the Lewis-Mavrovic bout. ''Right now these guys are not into this level of fight. You didn't see the best Holyfield last week and the best Lewis. Neither one is going to survive many more of this kind of fight. It's time for Holyfield and Lewis to make the fight.''

When asked what it would take to get a bout between Lewis and Holyfield, Dino Duva of Main Events said, ''It's going to take Evander and his attorney to have the guts to get their promoter to make the fight.''

Holyfield would have no trouble with the Lewis who looked lackluster against Mavrovic (27-1).

''I thought it was a good fight,'' Lewis said. ''It was different. I was expecting him to do a lot of moving. I thought he would do a lot of dancing. He boxed a great fight and I definitely had to box for 12 rounds. It was a no-win situation for me.''

Lewis (34-1) appeared tired by the third round. By the 11th round, he would land a punch and then d**** himself over Mavrovic like a huge cape. Emanuel Steward, Lewis's trainer, said he and his fighter kept disagreeing over strategy during the fight. Steward wanted Lewis to be more aggressive, but Lewis kept waiting to land a knockout punch.

''I wanted him to throw the right hand,'' Lewis said, ''because every time he throws the right hand he lifts his elbow and I wanted to hit him with the uppercut.''

The only problem was that Mavrovic threw few punches. According to CompuBox statistics, Mavrovic threw 298 punches (an average of 25 per round) and landed 132, while Lewis threw 507 punches and landed 216. Mavrovic, the European heavyweight champion for the past three years, proved his chin was durable. He had also been in survival mode. After he was made the World Boxing Council's No. 1 contender, Mavrovic trained but did not fight competitively. He had been out of the ring for 342 days before he fought Lewis.

''I gave my best, but Lennox was better this night,'' Mavrovic said.


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I think Lewis still looked Peak a year later against Grant & Botha.
Then you overlooked the fact that Lewis looked even quicker and sharper in previous wins against Morrison and Golota.
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