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Evander Holyfield Explains What Wilder Needs To Fix In Fury Trilogy

Evander Holyfield felt the changing of the guard in the heavyweight division multiple times, losing his title to Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, Lennox Lewis and John Ruiz.

By the time his Hall of Fame career came to an end, he would be boxing’s only four-time heavyweight champion of the world.

Holyfield was in attendance observing the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in February and witnessed Wilder’s reign conclude as the WBC champion.

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Holyfield said that Wilder needs to throw a better jab behind his right hand in order to offer a more competitive fight in the trilogy. Wilder lost via seventh-round TKO in a one-sided beating and the match mercifully ended when Wilder co-trainer Mark Breeland threw in the towel as Fury was fiercely beating Wilder in the corner.

“One thing that needs to happen [for Wilder in the third fight] is that he needs to keep his hands up and not to get his eardrum busted. He got hit with every shot that Tyson Fury threw. It’s almost like he was stuck in the mud,” Holyfield told in an interview. “He swung his hands like they were too heavy. Usually, he doesn’t get hit that much. He has the energy to move around. Something had to have happened to him in the fight.”

Holyfield originally thought that Fury openly admitting his gameplan in the promotion as an aggressive, come-forward fighter and wanting to pressure Wilder was not a sound idea.

“Fury said, ‘I’m gonna get on him.’ I was like, ‘oh, shoot.’ Fury’s about to get knocked out. But he put the pressure and got him out of there,” said Holyfield.

Holyfield is training at the age of 57 to partake in an exhibition boxing match with Mike Tyson. Although Tyson infamously bit his ear in 1997, Holyfield said he related to Wilder’s unequal performance because he had his eardrum busted, too, when he fought Lennox Lewis in 1999.

“In my first fight with Lennox Lewis, he busted my eardrum. I had to pray not to quit,” said Holyfield. “I was fighting someone bigger than me, and just as skillful, and didn’t have any balance. I mustered through it. But I just wanted to stop and quit. I didn’t have any firepower. If it wasn’t for my son being [in attendance], I would have just walked out. But I didn’t want for him to be teased and people say, ‘when pressure hit, he just quit.’”

Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by champion4ever on 05-24-2020

Wilder doesn't need to throw jabs, he needs to come forward and throw combination punches in bunches and try setting up to land his left hook. Loading up on single punches at a time is going to get him either…

Comment by eco1 on 05-23-2020

be born again and baptized?

Comment by Monzon99 on 05-23-2020

[QUOTE=wileyhemi;20575551]Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not all out to get you[/QUOTE] Bring. it.

Comment by wileyhemi on 05-23-2020

[QUOTE=Monzon99;20573961]Rigged fixed frauds like wilder do not improve by winning 50 rigged fake fights and dives. The plan was to rig Wilder into a fake couterfeit KO king by winning all fake fights. But the fraud didn't work and the…

Comment by Ant1979 on 05-23-2020

[QUOTE=Oldskoolg;20575273]This man and his corner actually were comfortable giving away rounds....there were times when he would literally lose every round. Who didn’t see defeat coming with that? It’s a terrible, horrible, strategy.....possibly the worst style at that level ever. Who…

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