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Lewis 38 69.09%
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:46 PM   #31
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There is no comparison. Lewis was a glass-jawed, naturally large man who needed Manny Steward's help to rescue his career.

Holyfield is better than Lewis just from what he accomplished as a cruiserweight. You throw in that he has won the HW belt 4 times or whatever, twice beat Tyson, defeated Foreman, got robbed so bad in the 2nd fight with Lewis that Larry Merchant was telling upset Holyfield fans that they were getting their own medicine (meaning that HBO darling Lewis was robbed in the first Holy-Lewis fight. That is, Merchant was admitting Holy should have won the second fight), and fought men who regularly outweighed him by 25+ lbs.

Lewis is a pimple on Holyfield's ass. He is nothing compared to Holyfield.
Exactly. Even at HW alone Holyfield is higher. You never saw him taken out early by second raters when he the title and he actually fought the other top guys of his era when they had something left.

Lewis is probably the most overrated of top level HW champs. And he is the ONLY one taken out early multiple times when he held the title. The ONLY one.

You're right, it's not even close!!!!!
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:48 PM   #32
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Lewis has two 1-punch KO defeats. That's not good on anyone's record, let alone someone who is a supposed 'all-time great.' Holyfield, who is FAR smaller than Lewis, has how many 1-punch KO losses? 1? In Bowe-Holy II, I think.

Lewis is like the 7 foot guy in a dunk contest - it's just not that impressive. Holyfield is the 6 foot guy who has to give everything and is therefore much more appreciated. I remember how disgusted I was when Lewis got the decision against Mercer. That's when I knew Lewis was nothing special. He was a very large man with a good right hand. A credit to the sport, for sure, but more than anything the right guy at the right time. That he elevated Hasim Rahman to champion status is one of the sorrier chapters in HW history.
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:51 PM   #33
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Default Re: who do you rank higher ATG Lewis or Holyfield?

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Exactly. Even at HW alone Holyfield is higher. You never saw him taken out early by second raters when he the title and he actually fought the other top guys of his era when they had something left.

Lewis is probably the most overrated of top level HW champs. And he is the ONLY one taken out early multiple times when he held the title. The ONLY one.

You're right, it's not even close!!!!!
If you want to nitpick then what about Ruiz, Toney, Bowe and all the other guys that beat Holyfield (including Lewis himself), you can say "oh well Roidyfield was shot" but can you honestly say Lewis was at his best against Rahman? no you cant because he was unmotivated. No wonder promoters protect their fighters look what happens otherwise.
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