Evander Holyfield's Surprising Revelation: The Hardest Puncher He Faced
Evander Holyfield, a two-weight undisputed world champion, has offered a surprising revelation about the hardest puncher he ever encountered during his remarkable boxing career. Despite sharing the ring with legends like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, and Riddick Bowe, Holyfield pointed to George Foreman as the man who packed the most power.
When asked by RingTV about the most powerful puncher he faced, Holyfield singled out the legendary George Foreman. Notably, this accolade comes despite Holyfield’s battles with heavyweight icons, some of whom were known for their knockout prowess. Holyfield specifically referred to his 1991 clash with Foreman for the undisputed heavyweight world championship when ‘Big George’ was already in his forties.
Holyfield commended Foreman’s incredible punching power, acknowledging that he absorbed a significant amount of it during their bout. In that memorable contest, Holyfield managed to secure a decision victory over Foreman, who later went on to become the oldest man to win the world heavyweight championship, a record that still stands.
In the same interview, Holyfield also gave credit to Foreman for having one of the best chins among his opponents. He vividly remembered the intense exchanges in their fight, where he connected with a barrage of punches, including a staggering 17 punches in a single instance.
Though Holyfield concluded his professional boxing career in 2011, he has remained in the public eye through various endeavors. He ventured into reality TV and even humorously launched an ear-shaped candy with his old rival, Mike Tyson. Notably, Holyfield was part of the last undisputed heavyweight world title fight in 1999 against Lennox Lewis.
The heavyweight boxing landscape, which has long awaited a new undisputed champion, seems poised for change. Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have reportedly agreed to terms for a four-belt unification bout in Saudi Arabia, marking a significant step toward the resurgence of undisputed champions in the heavyweight division. However, a specific date for this historic showdown is yet to be confirmed.