I think Shavers was. His right was a factor no matter what round it was. A big part of me voting for him was when he dropped Holmes with that great right.
Here is Shavers vs HolmesII: YouTube - Larry Holmes -vs- Earnie Shavers II 1979
I watched the tape, and I remember the fight! Larry Holmes fought Earnie Shavers the right way to beat Shavers. It was his strategy, I saw that won the fight.
Shavers lacked stamina, he was toast into the eleven round.
I saw that it was Shaver's lack of stamina that cost him the fight with Holmes.
In the earlier round when Shaver's caught Holmes just right with a big punch and dropped Holmes, he would have had the knockout if he'd had enough left to get back on Holmes, but he was spent. He lacked the stamina to finish Holmes off. That's what I saw that cost Shaver's the fight.
Of course, Shaver's was a old guy (in his mid 30s), but he still had the power (the punch), but he did not have the stamina.
It was a good fight!
Holmes was a great fighter and champion, and he held the title for a long time (1978-1985), and for a longer period of time than near all others did.
Another person that deserves special mention is Marciano with that right he KO'd walcott with.
Like Holmes, Rocky Marciano was able to come back and win after being knocked down too.
ALL GREAT FIGHTERS have that ability to come back and win after being knocked down.
Marciano had only been knocked down twice in his professional career once by Joe Walcott, and by Archie Moore.
In both cases Marciano came back from being knocked down to win the fight by knocking out Walcott and Moore.
As far as I know, I think it may have been Joe Louis who was knocked down in fights more than any other heavyweight champion, but always was able to come back to win the fight. There were only two times that he didn't come back to win after being knocked down. It had been in his fights with Max Schmeling and with Marciano.
Yet Louis didn't stay down with the first knock down in either fight!
Jack Dempsey is also great fighter and champion that could come back to win the after being knocked down.
In fact, in his fight with Luis Firpo, Dempsey, was even knocked completely out of the ring, and still had that heart and ability to come back.
ALL GREAT FIGHTERS AND CHAMPIONS ... such as Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, and Larry Holmes all had the heart and ability to come back to win the fight after being knocked down.
I had voted for Marciano in this poll, but after I had given more thought to it. I changed by mind to want to get it to Joe Louis instead. Because he came back from being knocked down in fights to win I think more than any other heavyweight champion ever did.