How would prime Holyfield do against today's top Heavyweights

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by BrutalForeman, Aug 13, 2019.



  1. BrutalForeman

    BrutalForeman Active Member Full Member

    574
    140
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    May 17, 2014
    Fury, Wilder, Ruiz and Joshua

    Would be interesting to throw Evander into that mix
     
  2. The Undefeated Lachbuster

    The Undefeated Lachbuster Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,806
    3,565
    Sportsbook:
    982
    Jul 18, 2018
    And the NEW unified heavyweight champion of the world....

    The real deal...........
     
  3. Flash24

    Flash24 Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,153
    1,379
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Oct 22, 2015
    The only one who would be a problem would be Fury. His sheer size and awkwardness would be difficult for most Heavys in history. (Certainly not his skill level, which is basic) But prime Holyfield would be able to win a dec against Fury. Both Wilder and Joshua Holyfield would stop if he's at or close to prime.
     
    Smokin Bert and TipNom like this.
  4. GOAT Primo Carnera

    GOAT Primo Carnera Active Member Full Member

    1,187
    839
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Jan 28, 2018
    Because of his limited power, he´d have his hands full. What Holyfield had over this guys was speed, coordination, temper (might fire back) and grit.
    He didn´t have the punch qualities of a Ruiz or Wilder, which made AJ a hard fight for him.
    He´d have to work hard to win against all of them.
     
  5. THE BLADE 2

    THE BLADE 2 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    7,556
    825
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Jul 14, 2009
    I only see him having problems with Fury. Beats the rest for sure. He would also beat Fury when at his best.
     
  6. George Crowcroft

    George Crowcroft Youngest Ezzard Charles Fan Ever Full Member

    5,324
    4,780
    Sportsbook:
    1,022
    Mar 3, 2019
    He'd beat AJ and Wilder by KO and beat Ruiz and Fury on points
     
  7. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    48,895
    7,213
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Nov 24, 2005
    He'd beat Joshua and Wilder clearly.
    Ruiz might give him a good hard fight but Holyfield wins on points.

    Fury might nick a decision.
     
  8. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti The Ad Wolgast of Googling Stuff Full Member

    4,728
    4,214
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Oct 28, 2017
    Fail drug tests.

    I think he looked to have the ability to neat any of the current crop, but I thinl he was using more than you could get away with now, and it borders on impossible to say how big a difference it'd make.

    Worth noting he lost to worse guys than some of the top ones now, so I don't think he'd end up as some unbeaten force.

    I think he gets overrated for being exciting fights too. I mean could we really invision none of the current fighters beating a past it Tyson and 1 out.of 3 with Bowe?
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
  9. ironchamp

    ironchamp Boxing Addict Full Member

    5,971
    356
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Sep 5, 2004
    I don't think the current crop was capable of beating the versions of Riddick Bowe that Evander Holyfield faced nor are they capable of beating the version of Mike Tyson that Holyfield faced.

    Evander would be champion. Anything can happen in boxing but as of now I'd favor a prime Holyfield over anyone on the current heavyweight landscape.
     
  10. channy

    channy Well-Known Member Full Member

    2,060
    1,327
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Feb 2, 2015

    The current crop would struggle with the Bert Cooper RIP who faced Holyfield...
     
    ironchamp likes this.
  11. 70sFan865

    70sFan865 Active Member Full Member

    1,089
    947
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    May 30, 2019
    Holyfield was great fighter who is a joy to watch, but he's overrated. He's quite inconsistent and I don't think he'd clear out the division in any era.
     
  12. Webbiano

    Webbiano Boxing Junkie Full Member

    7,661
    587
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Nov 6, 2011
    I guess it depends what sort of age we are talking. His longevity would bode well for him, but I still think he’d split fights with the best fighters of the era
     
  13. Cecil

    Cecil Boxing Addict Full Member

    3,000
    1,606
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Mar 22, 2015
    At his belligerent best he beats them all.
    The biggest problem would be Fury.
     
  14. ironchamp

    ironchamp Boxing Addict Full Member

    5,971
    356
    Sportsbook:
    1,000
    Sep 5, 2004
    On one hand one can say that in 1990 Holyfield was the undisputed Champion. And in 1999 Holyfield was unified champion and in between those years he beat Bowe, Tyson, Mercer, Moorer while picking up some losses along the way.

    Was he inconsistent? Yes.
    Did he fight up or down to his level of competition? Yes.

    But was he a stellar fighter? Absolutely, and short of being an all time great, it's awfully hard to beat him.

    I just don't see anyone in the current crop that would remain with their belt after they face Holyfield.
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
    Sangria likes this.