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Lewis Explains Why Holyfield, Not Mercer, is Toughest Career 'Opponent'

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has explained why he considers Evander Holyfield, and not Ray Mercer, as his toughest career opponent.

Lewis was taken to the limit by Mercer in May of 1996. While Lewis won a razor close majority decision, there would have been few complaints if Mercer would have received the win.

In 1999, Lewis had a two-fight series with Holyfield. They went to a controversial twelve round draw in the first meeting, which most felt Lewis did more than enough to get the nod. And then Lewis won a tough twelve round decision in the rematch.

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Mercer, an Olympic gold medal winner and a former WBO champion, was always eager for a rematch with Lewis, but the second contest never came about.

While Lewis tabs Holyfield as his toughest opponent, he says Mercer was his toughest fight.

"People seem to be genuinely surprised when I tell them Evander Holyfield 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," Lewis stated.

"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 though 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."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 04-08-2020

[QUOTE=HitmanTommy;20502560]First fight wasn't close at all. What the hell are you talking about?[/QUOTE] This was a joke and my wrong to not specify, sorry you took that way. I know the first was a robbery and Lewis win more clearly…

Comment by HitmanTommy on 04-07-2020

[QUOTE=Dasmius Shinobi;20500248]Those fights with Evander Holyfield vs Lennox Lewis, both was close with either have a case of winning, losing or drawing. Those fights was difficult to score. The fight I always dream and never materialized, was the Vitaly vs…

Comment by raymondof on 04-07-2020

[QUOTE=MASTER OF you;20499881]hey lennox what about the two guys who knocked you the fuk out!!![/QUOTE] Lewis won the rematch against them both. He's beaten every professional opponent that he's ever faced.

Comment by raymondof on 04-07-2020

[MENTION=12980276]MASTER OF you[/MENTION]? Who won those rematches against the people that knocked him out? So on that note then, Lewis has beaten every professional opponent that he ever faced, no?? 🤔

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 04-06-2020

Did Lewis even really win the second fight against Holyfield?

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