1985 till today- Who beats a prime Holmes?

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  1. Holmes77

    Holmes77 Member Full Member

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    Who could beat a prime Holmes???
     
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  2. Dynamicpuncher

    Dynamicpuncher Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I would say have the best chance

    Lennox Lewis
    Mike Tyson


    The next tier down are the ones that would be dangerous fights also, but i favour Holmes to beat them.

    Tyson Fury
    Riddick Bowe
    Vitali Klitschko
    Wladimir Klitschko
    Evander Holyfield
     
  3. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Nobody, though prime Iron Mike, Holy, Lewis, and Bowe would certainly pose big problems. Fury and Vitali wouldn't be easy wins either.

    I think Larry would both outfox and outwork Wlad. Wilder might get a kd, but stopped in 11.
     
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  4. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

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    Tyson, Lewis, Vitali, and Wlad.

    Usyk and Fury would be about even odds.

    Joshua, Holyfield, Thomas, Witherspoon and Bowe would be live underdogs.
     
  5. ikrasevic

    ikrasevic Икрашевић Full Member

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    I would give Usyk the best chance against prime Holmes.
     
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  6. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

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  7. Holmes77

    Holmes77 Member Full Member

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    I agree with you. Although there would be some close and entertaining fights
     
  8. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Not many imo. I like him over pretty much everyone except maybe Lewis who I think is a picked fight. The Klitschko's were big and difficult to fight but Larry always found a way to win and the Klitschko's simply didn't when they were pushed.

    Uysk too me is a dangerous and intriguing figjt for Larry. I can't recall Larry ever fighting southpaw much less one as gifted as Uysk. Again, Larry was a guy that usually found a way to win.
     
  9. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

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    He got stopped in the ams by a southpaw and never fought another one.
     
  10. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Lots of very tough fights over that 37 year period. Some would take Holmes to the very edge of oblivion. Can I make any of them a “ clear favorite?” Probably not. But picking up a couple losses against that gauntlet of guys is certainly possible
     
  11. Greb & Papke 707

    Greb & Papke 707 Active Member Full Member

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    Imo Lennox would have the best shot, also Vitali because he was super awkward, but short of that, there’s no one else I would favor, certainly Mike, Holy, Bowe, Fury ect could possibly win but I wouldn’t bet on it
     
  12. he grant

    he grant Historian/Film Maker Full Member

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    The top two are for sure the top two candidates ... I don't see the rest although Vitali would be the most competitive .. we saw an old Holmes more than hold his own w a young Holyfield .. Bowe wold be diced top with the jab ... Just a bad match up for Fury although who knows if the ref lets a 270 man lay all over Larry .. Wlad not enough .. I think Larry beats Lennox , too fast but a very prime Tyson who knows ?
     
  13. Journeyman92

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    Just keep him away from a novice Tim Witherspoon or Old club level guys like Ken Norton.
     
  14. Bulldog24

    Bulldog24 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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  15. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    You agree with me? Hmmm I'll have to rethink my opinon!
     
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