1983 Tim Witherspoon vs 1989 Evander Holyfield

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  1. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    The Witherspoon who fought Holmes vs the Holyfield who fought Dokes. How does this go ?
     
  2. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Tim by 10th round TKO.

    I think Tim would have found Holy's style and speed consternating. But Holy just wasn't a great heavy in 89, while Tim started peaking with Holmes. Holy would befoozle him in the beginning, then start getting worn down by Tim's right hand.
     
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  3. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

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    Holyfield wins on heart and work rate. Maybe by tko.
     
  4. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

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    That Witherspoon takes Holyfield, Spoon hit hard enough to really bother Holy.
     
  5. Saad54

    Saad54 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Witherspoon hurts Holyfield and possibly stops him.

    Similar to Bowe/Holyfield
     
  6. Journeyman92

    Journeyman92 Naoya Inoue is the best we have! Full Member

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    Not sure on this one. Tim was a really good heavyweight though.
     
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  7. daverobin

    daverobin Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Holy via dec ….
     
  8. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Holyfield a teeny bit too classy even at that point. Decision in a really really good fight.
     
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  9. he grant

    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

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    The version of both fighters were young but top conditioned and balance out as a comparison .. Witherspoon at his best was a terrific fighter although to me a career underachiever .. tricky, good defense, very good size, speed, big right hand power, terrific chin .. Holyfield was an exceptional fighter but at times rose or sunk to the level of his opposition .. that said, best for best I do feel Holyfield , who proved he could rumble with the best Riddick Bowe, could survive , out punch and outpoint Witherspoon in a hell of a fight even if the best Tim showed up ..
     
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  10. PernellSweetPea

    PernellSweetPea Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    tough fight. Wow.. Evander just on his skill, but Tim would give him a great run. Anything could happen.
     
  11. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

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    I'm going Witherspoon by tough grueling decision win.
    Extremely close.
     
  12. Pugilist_Spec

    Pugilist_Spec Hands Of Stone Full Member

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    Holyfield. Witherspoon always had a bad workrate, even against Holmes. I watched that fight recently and gave Larry 8 rounds. Holmes was outlanding him like 3 to 1. Holy does the same, with Tim having some really good moments and hurting him at times.
     
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  13. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg @excelsioroptimum Full Member

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    Holyfield on work rate and edge in footwork
     
  14. Jel

    Jel Reserving the right to be inconsistent Full Member

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    Ask Tim!
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