How Do People Rate Lennox Lewis Higher Than Larry Holmes?

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  1. Joeywill

    Joeywill New Member Full Member

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    I know many criticize Larry's opposition but unlike Lennox Lewis, he never got Kod by lower tier opposition in the early rounds of a championship fight, not once but TWICE. Somehow this is all forgotten cause he avenged these losses (The McCall rematch shouldn't have been sanctioned and it's hard to give Lennox Lewis much credit for that fight).

    I know styles make fights but look at what an old Larry Holmes did to Ray Mercer vs what a young Lennox Lewis did vs Ray Mercer. It's night and day. The same can be said for Oliver McCall as he knocked Lennox out with 1 punch in the 2nd round (Albeit controversial stoppage) and Larry almost beat him at age 45.

    They both beat ATG past their primes as their best wins (Norton & Holyfield) beat other ATG when they were WAY past their primes (Ali and Tyson, although Tyson was less shot) and for the most part, had the same level of opposition for the rest of their fights with the exception of Vitali Klitschko who Lennox struggled with. Larrys run was longer and with no losses.

    The main difference between Larry and Lennox is their recovery ability as Larry could get up even from an Earnie Shavers right hand and come back to win. If Lennox got hit by a bomb like that the fight is over.
     
  2. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    You are correct.
    I have made the point, asked the same question many times.

    Apparently, Lewis "beat better opposition", according to some. Which doesn't quite add up, because ... well, he didn't.
     
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  3. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

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    They do? I'm pretty sure the majority here don't.

    Lennox was an amazingly great fighter. But the knockouts by (at best) second-raters and his lack of a consummate win over past-it Holyfield hold him back from being considered in top 5 ATGs imo. I do have him at #6, above Tyson, Wlad, Marciano, Frazier
     
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  4. Tonto62

    Tonto62 Boxing Addict Full Member

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    I wouldn't really have an argument either way TBH.
     
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  5. scandcb

    scandcb Active Member Full Member

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    Because he was better?

    Holmes has become overrated over the past 20 years or so.

    Lennox is finally getting the credit he deserves.
     
  6. Joeywill

    Joeywill New Member Full Member

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    Better at what? His resume certainly isn't
     
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  7. Noel857

    Noel857 I Am Duran Full Member

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    Lewis is one of the most overrated fighters on here.Holmes was far better
     
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  8. Joeywill

    Joeywill New Member Full Member

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    Is it a UK thing. Cause I'm getting the feeling that people from the UK pump him up cause they don't have any other heavyweights to pump up. Besides isn't he really Canadian?
     
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  9. Noel857

    Noel857 I Am Duran Full Member

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    I am from the UK
     
  10. Joeywill

    Joeywill New Member Full Member

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    I'm asking cause I'm not from there. Do you think he's overrated by UK fans because they never had a great heavyweight champion before him?
     
  11. moneytheman12

    moneytheman12 Active Member Full Member

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    lennox was way better in skill
     
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  12. Joeywill

    Joeywill New Member Full Member

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    Not really no. He's a bigger puncher. That's about it
     
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  13. Tomatron

    Tomatron Member Full Member

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    I prefer Lennox, but marginally. I wish either was fighting in their prime now.
     
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  14. moneytheman12

    moneytheman12 Active Member Full Member

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    no thats not about it liar he was tougher and knew how to outbox better could go a whole fight doing it and was able to take single shots without just folding or being out cold
    why dont you watch his matches
     
  15. moneytheman12

    moneytheman12 Active Member Full Member

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    dont know how lennox could be overrated the best skilled tallest hw ever how is that overrated when its true this site is odd