Did Holyfield’s team avoid Ruddock?

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  1. Toney F*** U

    Toney F*** U Boxing junkie Full Member

    Oct 16, 2019
    I heard Ruddock was the mandatory in the early 90s but Holyfield’s team chose Foreman. Is this true? If I was on team holy in the early 90s I’d probably think Ruddock was too dangerous of a fight for any blown up cruiser. Anyone know the situation with this fight?
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  2. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 23, 2019
    No..but I'm not positive of Ruddock being dangerous for him. To me Holyfield was already good enough to have beaten post-Douglas Tyson...thus Ruddock wouldn't have been too much of a sweat for him.

    Holy in the latest 80s and 90s was like this dangerous machine...relentless puncher with a solid defense. His darting style made him a match for anyone at the time...including Lewis imo (I don't see pre-Steward Lewis as near good as the Steward).
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  3. Soxial experimennt 2.0

    Soxial experimennt 2.0 Trans and proud banned Full Member

    Jan 11, 2021
    Holyfield wouldn’t duck anybody
  4. AwardedSteak863

    AwardedSteak863 Well-Known Member Full Member

    Aug 16, 2018
    This is only speculation but I would assume that Holyfield's team went with Foreman more for economic reasons than out of fear of Ruddock. Outside of Tyson, no one commanded a bigger payday than Foreman did back then.
  5. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    This. Besides when did Holy ever refuse a fight. That was in his DNA
  6. ETM

    ETM I thought I did enough to win. Full Member

    Mar 19, 2012
    No, Holyfield would have beaten the brakes off of Ruddock.
  7. Showstopper97

    Showstopper97 The Icon Full Member

    Oct 7, 2020
    Holyfield was a warrior & ducked no one. He likely would have knocked Ruddock out inside 10 if they fought although it'd be a dangerous fight no doubt
  8. WAR01

    WAR01 In the 7.2% Full Member

    Aug 19, 2019
    Foreman was worth more money and was perceived as less of a threat, it’s funny in retrospect as in my opinion George was the superior fighter and more dangerous of the two.
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  9. Toney F*** U

    Toney F*** U Boxing junkie Full Member

    Oct 16, 2019
    Of course we’re saying that now that we know how good Holyfield was, but back then there was probably a lot question marks about how he would’ve fared against real top heavyweights. I’d imagine some people on his team (not Holyfield himself) would probably want to avoid Ruddock
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  10. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 4, 2016

    Foreman was of course where the money was, but I'll say this . Holyfield would outbox Razor, but for the money he would get for this fight it would be dangerous. Evander could get clipped on occasion,
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  11. Dubblechin

    Dubblechin Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 25, 2014
    Ruddock was never Holyfield's mandatory. He came close, though.

    Ruddock fought Tyson twice in 1991 and Lennox Lewis in 1992 ... all three times for the mandatory position, and all told he got dropped about seven times (suffered a broken jaw) and lost all three.
  12. mr. magoo

    mr. magoo Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    I don’t think so. The WBA, WBC and IBF ratings were kind of all over in where they rated Tyson, Foreman and Ruddock. Think the WBC had George at # 1 but this is all from memory and not fact checking
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  13. Fuzzykat

    Fuzzykat Member Full Member

    Jun 18, 2019
    Perfectly rational decision if it's the case that Holy chose to fight Foreman rather than Ruddock. Foreman's comeback was a big story at that time. I don't think Evander ducked anyone.
  14. BCS8

    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    Holyfield wanted to fight a prime Vitali Klitscko when he himself was an old man and a shadow of himself.

    But he ducked Ruddock? GTFOH :lol:
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  15. Bokaj

    Bokaj Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    Nah, Ruddock lost twice to Tyson and Holy signed to fight Mike. If Ruddock had won he would definitely have been in line for shot, but he didn't.