Originally Posted by onetwopunch
Lennox,Floyd,Roy,Evander , I agree with all 3 except for Lenox. Just my opinion but i dont see Lenox being able to win againts guys like Foreman, Norton, Frazier, Liston..I just dont see it, Evander as a Light heavy but not as a heavy and Roy as a middle and super middle would be a force in anytime, Floyd as a LW, not as a welter or anything above that. Overall I think its regressed a little, back then guys were hungrier and had more heart were talking 15 rd fights..smaller gloves..
Good post, but I have to disagree about the Lennox part. Lennox and Wlad are in part victims of their size when it comes to dissecting their overall chances against the smaller guys of the 60's-70's era. Some people mistakenly think that because they are bigger, they are naturally slower or have less boxing skills and just rely on strength.
Lewis is not a slow lumbering 6'5-6'6 245 pound fighter that only have one style. Lennox is a very agile 6'5-6'6 245 pound supreme boxer/puncher/jabber with an array of styles that make him a nightmare for most ATG'S when he is firing on all cylinders.
Lewis can bomb you out via Golota/Ruddock/Grant, imposing his shocking strength and immense powers or he can outbox you 10-2 against a still elite version of Holyfield or toy with the likes of p4p puncher Tua.
Lennox's jab is a thing of beauty to watch in that it is not a straight jab but it comes in variations. Wlad's jab is probably more powerful and Holme's is more accurate but neither have the sheer follow ups of Lewis.
He will jab than quickly convert that very jab into a hook or straight left/right. He will jab than quickly turn it into a body combination.
Lewis had underrated defense as well, he is a masterful counter puncher and against Briggs the entire shoulder roll was on display.
Lennox slipping/shoulder rolling Brigg's punches than smiling at him and following that up with a massive KD was beautiful.
He's inside fighting might not be on par with Bowe's but it was still very very lethal and he throws that upper cut with vicious intent.
With all due respect to Frazier/Norton I just don't think they can over come someone of Lennox' size,strength,power,and boxing skills.
He was a great technican as well and that is actually what the main criticisms was when it comes to Lewis.
NY TIMES repeatly bashed Lennox during his fighting days calling him
"a giant who boxes instead of slugs' and 'why can't we see more Golota Lennox displays, why does he have to be so tactical'
Lewis is truely a very very unique heavyweight and Wladimir comes from that same mold of agile fast moving boxing giants who also happen to have power and ring generalship.