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when was evander holyfeild at his best.

when was evander holyfeild at his best.

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i would have to say in 97 when he beat mike tyson, evander peaked late in his carrer much the same as hopkins did.
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Holyfield had 2 different eras. When Holy was first up and coming, he was a pure boxer, had speed, heart, a chin, and so many other assets. He also had a lot stamina. Mid 90's Holy, was great in all, but he still wasn't the fighter he was when he 1st entered the ring. Holy was a force to be reckoned with in the eighties. Remember he was an over-sized cruiser weight, and he destroyed the Heavy Weight Champ (Buster Douglas) in three short rounds. When he was champ, every was "quote going to knock him all around the ring", and all the found was the little man willing to slug it out. Homes to his credit fought a much better fight against Holy than he did Tyson. I will have to say the 85 - 92 Holy was better. How could you ever forget Holy slugging it out with Douglas.


Early Holy was better. And Yes in this era he would of beat Tyson the way he did in the 90's.
he would have beaten tyson but he lost to bowe and morrer.:laugh:
tommygunn said:
he would have beaten tyson but he lost to bowe and morrer.:laugh:
Bowe was good, Holyfield had more expeirence in 97 other than that he was slightly deteriorated.
I'd have to say 97 he looked great then.............
But he was just as old as Tyson, and Holyfield focused more on power in 97. In 92 he hit hard, fast, strong, agile, and had good stamina, and great heart.
i think holyfield was at his best when he beat tyson.
bill1234 said:
But he was just as old as Tyson, and Holyfield focused more on power in 97. In 92 he hit hard, fast, strong, agile, and had good stamina, and great heart.
in 92 he lost to morrer:laugh: : :thumbsup: :laugh: :thumbsup: good one bill.
So??? In 90 Tyson lost to Douglas. Everyone has their bad nights.
bill1234 said:
So??? In 90 Tyson lost to Douglas. Everyone has their bad nights.
yeah but douglas was the end of mike as we know him, evander was still 5 or 6 years from his best when he lost to morrer.
Tyson and Holyfield were the same age, but the Holyfield that beat Bowe ws the true "prime" Holyfield.
He was a lot quicker when he was younger... I reckon he is sluggish and Slow!
White Tyson said:
He was a lot quicker when he was younger... I reckon he is sluggish and Slow!
He wasn't slugish and slow in 97 just relyed on his power to much. He like most boxers relyed on something to much. Frazier with his left hook, Ali with his speed, Foreman with his power, Holmes with his jab in the second half of his career.
evander

evander did pretty good in his last fight and new how to move and throw the punch. i havent seen not one russian heavyweight with those abilities.
I need to make myself more clear on this ... Holy was at his best before 92.
Then you should vote for 92 because it is closest,thats what I always do.
Everyone has a bad night, Tyson had a bad night when Buster Douglas beat him up, Holyfield had a bad night against Moorer.
bill1234 said:
Then you should vote for 92 because it is closest,thats what I always do.

I voted for 92, and Holy was good then, but after he regained his title from Bowe, he went down hill.
Thats what I'm saying he just wasn't the same. Just a lot more gradual then what happened to Tyson when James Buster Douglas beat him. Or Ali and Frazier after the Thrilla in Manilla.
Dr. Wisdom said:
Holyfield had 2 different eras. When Holy was first up and coming, he was a pure boxer, had speed, heart, a chin, and so many other assets. He also had a lot stamina. Mid 90's Holy, was great in all, but he still wasn't the fighter he was when he 1st entered the ring. Holy was a force to be reckoned with in the eighties. Remember he was an over-sized cruiser weight, and he destroyed the Heavy Weight Champ (Buster Douglas) in three short rounds. When he was champ, every was "quote going to knock him all around the ring", and all the found was the little man willing to slug it out. Homes to his credit fought a much better fight against Holy than he did Tyson. I will have to say the 85 - 92 Holy was better. How could you ever forget Holy slugging it out with Douglas.


Early Holy was better. And Yes in this era he would of beat Tyson the way he did in the 90's.
I partly agree with you Mr Wisdom
I think he was at his best from the 86 fight with Qawi (cruiser title) to the 90 Douglas fight (heavy title)
He was also very good in the second Bowe and last moorer fights.
I know this is a big if,but if all the negitive circustances didn't enter Tysons life(like King) and he kept at least the nucleus of his corner team he would of beat Holyfield. I go as far as to say he might of stoped him.
Tyson is only remembered for his pitifull end.
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