Originally Posted by Jorodz
not far and away no, i agree. but look at a common opponent: foreman fought a prime holyfield and lewis fought at WAY past prime holyfield. who honestly seemed to be physically strong in each of those fights and by what margin?
Foreman was an absolute animal, no doubt, but face it, his best days were a couple brief years in a division that was smaller, and in which the fighters were generally not strong as Lewis' (in terms of absolute strength).
And there has always been this bullshit identification of Lewis as a pansy, fragile and china-chinned. He fought in what I consider the most dangerous era of the division, big, strong guys who primarily tried to take you head off. Juiced to the gills? Perhaps, but powerful regardless. And he fought a collection of these animals which was unparalleled.