Does anyone find Tyson vs. Holyfield I very overrated?

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  1. William Walker

    William Walker Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Don't get me wrong, this a great fight, a classic, I love the fight. It's no secret that I'm a ignorant on the 90s, aside from heavyweights and middleweights, but heavies alone, I would give either of the Bowe-Golota fights, or the Mercer-Witherspoon, or the Mercer-Lewis fight-I would give any of those fights the nod over Tyson-Holyfield I, tbh. The only reason I can think of that Tyson-Holyfield I won FOTY was for drama and significance, because it surely was not the most exciting FOTY (despite some great exchanges). In fact, I remember once watching Holmes-Weaver I and Tyson-Holyfield I back-to-back, and we both agreed that the former was better and more exciting!
     
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  2. mrkoolkevin

    mrkoolkevin Not here for the fairy tales Full Member

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    I didn't realize that people really rate Tyson-Holyfield all that highly. It was a major, major sporting event almost a decade in the making though, so a lot of us who were boxing fans at the time still think of it as being a big deal. Many of us were in denial about how far Tyson had fallen by '96 (even though nobody admits it now), so a lot of people thought it was more important than it actually was. But I'm not sure people really discuss it as an amazing fight.

    Bowe-Holyfield is the benchmark for great 90s heavyweight title fights, by the way.
     
  3. William Walker

    William Walker Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Well, it did win FOTY, and I have seen on a couple different forums and websites that it is considered honorable mention for the greatest heavyweight slugfests of all time.
     
  4. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    It was a massive upset. Nobody doubted Holyfield's greatness after witnessing such a comeback. It was like Ali-Foreman in that respect.
     
  5. West of Hollywood

    West of Hollywood Member Full Member

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    I see it as a relatively good fight but light years away from being one of the "greatest heavyweight slugfests of all time."
     
  6. William Walker

    William Walker Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I'm with you all the way.
     
  7. lufcrazy

    lufcrazy requiescat in pace Full Member

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    A lot of it was hype.

    I was in primary school and everyone in my class was talking about it in the buildup.

    Literally everyone.

    You just don't see that any more with boxing.
     
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  8. Noel857

    Noel857 I Am Duran Full Member

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    Michael Moorer v Bert Cooper was far better
     
  9. McGrain

    McGrain Diamond Dog Staff Member

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    Watching that fight live was ****ing crazy.
     
  10. Wass1985

    Wass1985 Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    There was a lot of hype but it was a great fight in it's own right.

    It was a big shock seeing the bully get bullied, the fight was quite competitive until Tyson got cut.

    After that incident his heart just sank and he seemed to accept fate. Although the knockdown was from a body shot it helped worsen Tyson's mental fragility.
     
  11. Richard M Murrieta

    Richard M Murrieta Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I think that the Tyson fans wanted this fight to have taken place before Buster Douglas had fought Mike Tyson in a heavyweight mega fight clash, the magic would have been there for the boxing public, but Douglas and prison ruined that potential clash of boxing's giants. !996 was just too late, compared to 1990. It left too much to the imagination for us fight fans.
     
  12. William Walker

    William Walker Well-Known Member Full Member

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    ya, I know what you mean
     
  13. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

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    FOTY, really? Wow, I don't see it as that. Tyson kind of started folding rounds before the end.

    This is the way I saw it. People tell me how much ring wear Tyson had at that time.....so Holy's wars weren't at least as debilitating? Getting knocked the crap out of by Bowe after two no-tomorrow fights...?

    Holy was even older than MIke. And he knocked him silly, in sensational fashion.
     
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  14. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Imo Mike would have gotten his head handed to him by Holyfield in 89-90 anyway.
     
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  15. William Walker

    William Walker Well-Known Member Full Member

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    You've never read Ring Magazine's FOTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????