Do some fans feel Holyfield could have beaten a prime Foreman?

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  1. mark ant

    mark ant Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Some naive fans rate George Foreman 2.0 higher than during his prime, is it conceivable that Holyfield would’ve beat that version as well though? Also, which fighters from the 1970s would have mostlikely beat Holyfield?
     
  2. GOAT Primo Carnera

    GOAT Primo Carnera Active Member Full Member

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    Holyfield certainly got the abilities to outlast prime George. However, I see a Norton scenario in that fight, with Holyfield taking a terrible beating in the first rounds.
     
  3. BCS8

    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    If Holyfield got a trainer that reined in his natural urge to brawl, and made him box a technical fight against Foreman, I think he'd have a good chance of winning. If on the other hand he got into that hardass mode he often got into and fought fire with fire, Foreman would probably mallet him, because he hit harder and had a better chin.
     
  4. THE BLADE 2

    THE BLADE 2 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I would favour Big Goerge by decision.
     
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  5. NoNeck

    NoNeck Pugilist Specialist Full Member

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    Could go either way.
     
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  6. The Undefeated Lachbuster

    The Undefeated Lachbuster Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Foreman would stop him mid rounds after a terrible beating. Holyfield's chin would only see him to those mid rounds
     
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  7. Man_Machine

    Man_Machine Boxing Addict Full Member

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    '70s Foreman beats Holyfield.
     
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    BlackCloud I detest the daily heavyweight threads Full Member

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  9. PernellSweetPea

    PernellSweetPea Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    yeah I do think he could have.
     
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  10. Reinhardt

    Reinhardt Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Prime George Foreman destroys Evander in about 5 rounds
     
  11. PhillyPhan69

    PhillyPhan69 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Absolutely he could, but whether he would is something we will never know. For my money any top 15 (maybe 20) ATG has a chance against others on that same/similar level of eliteness.

    To me I don’t see Foreman stopping a prime Holyfield, and I struggle to see him winning a decision if he can’t stop him or at least drop him a time or two. I actually favor Holyfield in this hypothetical.
     
  12. Tramell

    Tramell Active Member Full Member

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    Ii think Holy does similar to that of Jimmy Young.
     
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  13. Fergy

    Fergy Boxing Addict Full Member

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    No way is Holy beating Prime George. He was given one of his toughest fight s up to that point by a well past prime version ,by toughest I mean the guys still there throwing punches at round 12 .A prime version stops a out gunned ,battered Holy in 6 .
     
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  14. Jackomano

    Jackomano Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I think a prime Holyfield is all wrong for a prime Foreman. Foreman had the power and speed in his youth to stop Holyfield, but lacked the patience that he had as an older fighter. I think Holyfield would stop a prime Foreman late, since he'd wear him down and finish Big George off once George was tired.
     
  15. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

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    In all fairness George Benton tried to do that but Holy didnt want to always listen. Benton is on record talking about this subject.
     
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