Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

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.

fury-wilder-rematch-hafey (20)

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 BoxingScene.com 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 NFL.com. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.

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…

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (27)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Fury Co-Trainer Andy Lee: Breland Saved Wilder's Career With By Throwing In Towel Jose Ramirez 'Definitely' Wants To Fight Crawford When He Moves Up To 147 Angelo Leo Aims To Become Multi-Division Champion Shuan Boxing To Work With ESPN, D.R. Officials To Reschedule May 30 Show Bellew Gives Ngannou "Zero Chance" To Beat Whyte in Boxing Callum Johnson vs. Joshua Buatsi Could Have Title at Stake, Says Hearn Whyte Expects Fury To Beat Deontay Wilder Up - Explains Why Giovani Santillan Signs Co-Promotional With Top Rank, Return on June 16 Goossen: Fury Learned New Game In One Camp; Why Can't Wilder Learn To Fight Inside? Baranchyk-Zepeda Crossroads Bout Eyed For July 9 In Las Vegas Dana White: Mike Tyson Has Something Lined Up, Something Big Jermall Charlo Named As A Suspect In Aggravated Assault Case; No Arrests Made Gilberto Jesus Mendoza To Remain as WBA President Until 2025 Luis Ortiz: I Just Need a Name and Date - I'll Even Go Against Mike Tyson! May 30 Show in Santo Domingo Canceled By D.R. Government Jessie Vargas: Liam Smith Fight is One I Am Definitely Interested In Omar Rosario, P.R. Olympic Hopeful To Turn Pro, Signs With VanNewhouse Erik Morales Fires Back at Juan Manuel Marquez: You Didn't Want To Fight! Showtime Reveals June Schedule of Classic Fights Whyte-Povetkin, Taylor-Serrano on August 8 or 15, Fight Camp PPV Ramirez: We Might See Better Hooker Against Prograis Than When He Faced Me Porter: I Don't Know If Crawford Fight Makes Sense Right Now Saunders: I'm Very Confident I Would Stop Andrade Because Of His Style Fury Co-Trainer Andy Lee: Wilder Needs To Be More Aggressive In Trilogy IBF: As Of Now, Joseph Diaz Scheduled To Make Mandatory vs. Rakhimov Frank Warren Backs Charlie Edwards To Win Another World Title Mayweather Signs On For Celebrity Boxing Event - Will Not Fight Davison: You Have To Admire The Self-Belief of Deontay Wilder Joe Joyce's Manager Warns Whyte: Ngannou Can Box at a High Level! Not Pound for Pound...Champ for Champ 2020, Pt. 3 Abner Mares Splits With Garcia, Training For Comeback With Robles John Jackson Attempting To Get Out of Jail Due To COVID-19 Fear Wanderlei Silva: Mike Tyson Fight Would Do Big Business on PPV Hearn: There Is No DAZN Situation; Meeting Friday To Discuss Upcoming Schedule Top Rank Safety Protocol Clears Path For Boxing To Return To U.S. Jose Ramirez Preparing For Mid-July Return vs. Viktor Postol Josh Taylor Expects Mandatory, Would Rather Bypass For Big Fight Top Rank’s Vegas Shows To Have 5 Fights, All With No Media Nevada Commission Approves Top Rank Dates For June 9 & June 11 In Las Vegas Carlos Molina vs. Michi Munoz Now Pushed Back To June 6
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement