Re: Evander Holyfield vs Lennox Lewis in their primes?
I don't know if Lewis was what I'd call "peak" in 1999, but I think he was still reasonably close to being at his best. Sure he was around 33-34 years of age, but the concensus has always seemed to lean toward the notion that he was a " late bloomer", and in truth had improved vastly since his 1994 defeat against Oliver McCall. In 1999, Lennox was still fighting well within the 245 pound range, and was keeping fairly busy. In 2000, following the Holyfield fights, he would score 3 impressive wins over Tua, Botha, and Grant. Again, I'm not saying that 1999 provided us with the pinacle version of Lennox Lewis, but I have a hard time believing that he was past it either.