The former absolute world champion in the heavyweight Briton Lennox Lewis called the toughest opponent in your professional career.
According to Lewis, is a former undisputed champion at two weights, American Evander Holyfield, with whom he met twice in 1999.
“People are genuinely surprised when I tell them that Holyfield was the toughest fighter I’ve ever met, and this must not be confused with the hardest battle, which gave me a ray Mercer. And it really had her reasons.
Holyfield, like me, has a great Amateur career, greatly helped him in the pros. He began to box at age 8 and became the bronze medalist of the Olympic games in 1984. Prior to joining Haviva he literally cleaned out the first heavy weight, becoming the absolute world champion and perhaps the best fighter in the history of this division.
When you combine his Amateur and professional achievements, you truly realize the magnitude of his success. I’m a little annoyed by his talk of our battles, though he understands that I won both games, but seriously, he was the only person who was with me 24 rounds,” wrote Lewis in his Instagram.
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People seem to be genuinely surprised when I tell them @evanderholyfield was my toughest opponent, not to be confused with my toughest fight, which was Mercer, but when you really dive into why that is, it actually makes a lot of sense. – Holyfield, like me, has an extensive amateur pedigree that has served him well throughout his professional career. He started boxing at 8 years old and was an Olympic Bronze medalist in 1984. Before he moved up to the heavyweight division, he’s a man that cleared out the cruiserweight division to become the undisputed champion, and arguably the best ever in that weight class. – That’s a lot of experience and it’s safe to say that by the time we met for the undisputed heavyweight championship in 1999, he had seen it all. – When you combine Evander”s amateur and professional experience, you would be hard pressed not to see the kind of success he’s had in the ring. – I may tease him a bit on our two fights, he knows I won both fights even tho he won’t admit it, but in all seriousness, he’s the only man that has gone 24 rounds with me. – I can’t stress enough the importance of amateur experience. Consider the amateurs as your internship into the pros. The more you learn about your craft, the better it will serve you. – Me and Evander”s extensive amateur experience brought us to the top of our games. In a sport where there are no guarantees, and even one mistake can end in disaster, it’s important to play the odds. So although we have both had setbacks in our careers, there was very little chance that the success we sought in the sport of boxing would not be reached based on our experience. – #Lennox Lewis #undisputed #heavyweight #boxing #world #champion #pugilistspecialist #noguytest #evanderholyfield #holyfield #cruiserweight #amateurboxing #amateurboxer
Publication from Lennox Lewis (@mrlennoxlewis) APR 1, 2020 at 9:21 PDT