Jim Corbett vs 1987 Holyfield

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by Ali Holmes, Mar 20, 2022.

  1. Mike Cannon

    Mike Cannon Well-Known Member Full Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    Different :cool: stay safe buddy.

    CANNONBALL Active Member Full Member

    Mar 18, 2007
    i think a 170lb'er with little power, skills from another century, hands at his waist with little head movement gets weighed in quickly by Holyfields power, speed, combinations and ability to take anything JC has to offer,
    Different times - the sport has moved on too much for the likes of Corbett, Fitz, Jeffries et al to make an impression on modern greats like Holyfield. I would back the likes of Adilson Rodriguez, Pierre Coetzer, Bert Cooper to beat them too
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  3. Greb & Papke 707

    Greb & Papke 707 Active Member Full Member

    Apr 9, 2019
    There’s no universe that holy doesn’t win this fight, if they fought 100 times it’d be Evander 100 Corbett 0
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  4. mrkoolkevin

    mrkoolkevin Never wrestle with pigs or argue with fools Full Member

    Jan 30, 2014
    Proposed amendment to the original thread: "How many of the men who Holyfield beat in 1987 would have beaten Jim Corbett?"
  5. Eddie Ezzard

    Eddie Ezzard Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    Jeez. Corbett wears his thong in the ring with Evander after a few weeks' solitude at camp and Holyfield knocks him up in the first round.

    Apologies to any who have seen, and not laughed at, that 'joke' before. We've got a few new members now, though, so I thought I'd give it another go. It's the Frank Bruno of my jokes. It will have its day, eventually.
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  6. Eddie Ezzard

    Eddie Ezzard Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    How many did he fight in 87? There's your answer.

    From the (albeit) limited and scrappy footage there is of Corbett, I have yet to see a micro-second's worth in which he looks anything other than utter toilet.
  7. cross_trainer

    cross_trainer Liston was good, but no "Tire Iron" Jones Full Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    As long as you're consistent and pick Holyfield to obliterate Johnson, Jeffries, and the others from the period following Corbett. Which Holyfield probably would under modern rules.
  8. Ali Holmes

    Ali Holmes Active Member banned Full Member

    Dec 23, 2021
    What if they fought in the Andromeda galaxy?
  9. Eddie Ezzard

    Eddie Ezzard Well-Known Member Full Member

    Jan 19, 2016
    Corbett would still wear his G string. Never mind how nippy the air might be.
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  10. Entaowed

    Entaowed Boxing Addict Full Member

    Dec 16, 2012
    You do not intend to participate in the typical bias & frequent dishonesty of some who misstate weights, but Corbett weighed between 173-at least 190 throughout his career. Credibility depends upon accuracy-if he never even weighed just 170, & his peak weight was even more, it would like be taking Ali at the start of his career & describing him as a 190er. Actually in a single sense less accurate, because Ali(Clay) weighed only 188 in his 4th fight.

    I generally agree with your premise, although Corbett may defeat some of the mere contenders.
    Also Jeffries would have a great chance-fighting while fit in the 220's, with his size & strength & ability to absorb punishment against Holyfield at 190/CW then.

    Although who would have what chance depends upon the rules.
    We sometimes forget that modern rules are not objectively "better".
    And old fashioned rules often favored the tougher character.
    Not necessarily when rounds ended if guys touched down though, this gave the weaker fighter unearned repreives.