Who was the best Heavyweight of the 90s?

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Who was the best Heavyweight of the 90s?

  1. Holyfield

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    29.7%
  2. Lewis

    36 vote(s)
    56.3%
  3. Bowe

    7 vote(s)
    10.9%
  4. Tyson

    2 vote(s)
    3.1%
  5. Other

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. dinovelvet

    dinovelvet Antifanboi Full Member

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    Probably Lewis cos he got all the big names at the right time.

    Bowe might have been the best in terms of h2h ability.
     
  2. thanosone

    thanosone ESB CEO OF TANG Full Member

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  3. Plumber From Liverpool

    Plumber From Liverpool New Member Full Member

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    1- Lewis
    2- Holyfield
    3- Tyson
    4 - Bowe
     
  4. BitPlayerVesti

    BitPlayerVesti The Ad Wolgast of Googling Stuff Full Member

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    Lewis and it's not close.
     
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  5. Fuzzykat

    Fuzzykat New Member Full Member

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    I chose Lewis. He obviously was not perfect (see first fights with McCall and Rahman) but at the end of the day he was the best. He beat Holyfield twice really and a faded 90's version of Tyson. Bowe had some good fights (especially first fight against Holyfield) but was terribly inconsistent after that. Certainly Lewis deserves a higher rating based on career accomplishments. But I think he would also prevail by KO in head to head.
     
  6. BoxingFacts

    BoxingFacts Member Full Member

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    You have good points here but let's face it, Lewis beat a past it Holyfield
     
  7. Brixton Bomber

    Brixton Bomber Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Bowe's wins over Holyfield are pretty special, especially with how those fights played out.

    Lewis couldn't get rid of a shot Holy, and he faced Tyson when he was absolutely shot, too.

    But Lennox has the deepest resume of the 90's HW's. He cleaned the division out.

    Great, but very tough question!
     
  8. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Holyfield, with the Bowe who beat him coming in at second place. Lewis to me showed his true Greatness in particular in this century. In fact, I rate Lewis the best heavy of this century, period (with Wlad not too far).

    Bowe won all three fights with Holy, imo. That said, Golota kicked the crap out of him while he was still (for a boxer) pretty young. I do have to give mad props to Bowe for beating up Hide and winning the title again, plus his win over Jorge can't be taken lightly.

    I would have rated Lewis higher if he'd definitively beat Holy, which I personally think he never did. I thought he edged Holy only by three points total combined in both fights. Bowe knocked the yee-haw out of Holy in two fights, and won a close decision in one.

    This is all just the way I see it. I don't see even the Steward-Lewis beating the Holy-beating Bowe.

    1. Holy
    2. Bowe (just edging no.3)
    3. Lewis
    4. Mike
     
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  9. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Full Member

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    Holy
    Bowe razor close.

    Lewis who I feel is one of the most overrated fighters on this forum
     
  10. Dubblechin

    Dubblechin Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    I voted for Holyfield ... even though Lewis finished stronger. (Lewis didn't pass Holyfield, all-time, IMO, until the 2000s).

    Evander beat a laundry-list of top heavyweights in the 1990s. Tyson, Foreman, Holmes, Bowe, Mercer, Moorer and his losses came against Bowe, Moorer and Lewis.

    I'd put Lewis at number two, but it's close. Lewis also beat top heavyweights like Ruddock, Mercer, Morrison, Bruno, Golota, Mason and Holyfield ... but the loss to McCall and the rematch (where Lewis didn't win so much as McCall quit) kind of leads me to rate Evander slightly higher. The McCall fights (both) were bad performances by Lewis.

    Close.
     
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  11. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Active Member Full Member

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    Remember the OP's question who was the best HW of the 90's ?? Not who had the best overall career of the 90's HW's.

    Resume and achievement : Holyfield

    Who could have been the best : Bowe if he had been a dedicated trainer and stayed away from cheeseburgers could haven beaten Lewis and a post prison Tyson.
    Lewis people seem to forget only came into his prime from 1997 onwards after hooking up with Manny Steward before that while still a formidable HW his CV is lacking compared to Bowe and Holyfield. Lennox had the best overall legacy of the 90's HW's but he didn't really cement his place until the early 2000's.
     
  12. Sangria

    Sangria You bleed like Mylee Full Member

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    This is a bit tougher than I thought. Bowe should be #1 but he clocked out in 1996. So it might come down to which wins were better: Holyfield over Tyson or Lewis over Holyfield?
     
  13. KidGalahad

    KidGalahad New Member Full Member

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    it´s a 50:50 between bowe and lewis for me - riddick dominated the 1st half of the 90s, lennox took the 2nd.
    looked up their boxrec-records to decide, since i had to in this poll.
    lewis was 34-1-1 by his last fight of the 90s, while bowe was 40-1 and 3 years younger than lewis (then again lewis was a late bloomer ...).
    i did not take bowe´s poor performances against golota into consideration, because foul play doesn´t count in my eyes.

    it is very difficult ...
     
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  14. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Well-Known Member Full Member

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    And nowhere near as convincingly as Bowe, etc. That's why I rank Lewis below Holy as ATG.

    Still, LL was a phenomenal heavyweight champ, and he is in my top five.
     
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  15. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Well-Known Member Full Member

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    This is an interesting take on the question.
     


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