Re: Evander Holyfield vs Lennox Lewis in their primes?
I think I'd give a prime Evander the slight edge over a peak Lewis. In their actual meetings, Holyfield was 36-37 years of age, 10 lbs over his best fight weight, and the only man he had beaten within the previous 16 months going into the first Lewis fight, was Vaugn Bean. Despite this set of circumstances, he managed to take Lewis a combined 24 rounds without kissing the canvas, and possibly won about 8 of them. I can't imagine him doing any worse 9-10 years earlier. Of course, Holyfield would continue to fight on and win some big bouts, but I think a 1999 Holyfield was a far cry from the man who I watched tear up the division from 1988-1991.