Originally Posted by Kalasinn
Your wording reeks of bias:
"Both showing their age?"
"Holyfield was the older and probably more faded of the two"
Lewis peaked very late, he was already 31 in the McCall rematch, do you really consider him past-prime against Holy? I think Lewis still looked Peak a year later against Grant & Botha. Truly poor preparation & overconfidence is what made Lewis so faded in his first meeting with Rahman, yet when properly prepared for the rematch, despite being aged 36, he again appeared Peak. In contrast, Holy was clearly past-prime from '94 onwards.
I agree. Lewis reached his absolute peak by the Tua fight both mentally and physically. I always related that win to his loss to Rahman. I think in his mind, he had beaten all the best the division could offer at the time. He completely dominated Tua after coming off two explosive performances against Grant and Botha. Holyfield on the other hand looked so incosistent since 94. Holyfield was clearly the more declined fighter. Mavrovic could have made anyone look bad with his survival first style and Lewis would have always struggled with any type of fighter that didnt stand in front of him.