Evander Holyfield Reveals the Hardest Puncher He Has Faced – It’s Not Mike Tyson

November 21, 2020 12:59 pm

Evander Holyfield has left a legacy that will remain unparalleled for years to come. The then undisputed king of the cruiserweight division, and later at the heavyweight division, turned the world upside down when he beat a prime Mike Tyson to grab the WBA heavyweight championship.

Widely regarded as the fiercest puncher the world of boxing has ever known, Holyfield cruised past Iron Mike. However, Tyson is not the most powerful puncher Holyfield has faced in his boxing career.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 28: Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson fight for WBA World Heavyweight Title on June 28,1997 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Fight was stop in the third round and Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield on both ears. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

In conversation with legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas, Holyfield revealed that former two-time world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medallist George Foreman is the hardest puncher he has ever faced.

However, Holyfield noted that his most notable win was against Mike Tyson. Furthermore, he recalled how his family at ringside stopped him from doing the kind of celebration that he probably wanted to do after beating one of the greatest of all time.

Evander Holyfield vs George Foreman

George Foreman is a respected name in the world of boxing. He is one of the most pivotal figures in sports entertainment and is a very distinguished fighter.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 09: Heavyweight boxing legends Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield attend the 19th annual Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 09, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Foreman took on Holyfield for the WBA, WBC, and the IBF heavyweight titles back in April 1991. He was then riding on a 24-fight win streak. Foreman had never gone to a decision in the past decade. However, ‘The Real Deal’ proved his mettle against one of the most lethal punchers in the form of “Big George.”

Holyfield won the fight via unanimous decision to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world. Consequently, he became only the third fighter after Jimmy Young, and Muhammad Ali to defeat Foreman. Needless to say, it was one of the biggest triumphs of Holyfield’s career. What do you make of Holyfield’s stunning claim regarding the hardest puncher he has ever faced?

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