Evander Holyfield Reveals Why His Trilogy With Riddick Bowe Is Greater Than Fury vs. Wilder 3

Published 10/24/2021, 7:20 AM EDT
Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Tyson Fury in action against Deontay Wilder REUTERS/Steve Marcus


On October 9, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury rolled out one of the greatest heavyweight fights of the modern era. Fans predicted one-sided dominance in favor of ‘The Gypsy King’. However, the ex-champ turned the tables when he dropped the Briton twice on the canvas.

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Although Wilder failed to leave the ring with a win and the WBC belt, he still earned an extensive amount of respect from fans and fighters around the globe.

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Not only Wilder, but Fury also received respect from boxing purists and fans. Moreover, many bigwigs termed this fight as the greatest of all time. But recently, Evander Holyfield had some shocking words about the Wilder vs Fury trilogy.

‘The Real Deal’, in an interview with Blue Blood Sports TV, ranked his trilogy with Riddick Bowe over the Fury vs Wilder trilogy.

He said, ‘‘Of course I’m always think that Riddick Bowe and I, we were both Olympians and we did real well. And you know it was skillful boxing. They did what was necessary for to entertain the people and they entertained people. But you know, but the art of the game of boxing is to hit and not to get hit.”

Holyfield fought Bowe thrice and lost twice. In the retro boxing era, these three encounters between Holyfield and Bowe ranked among the best boxing bouts of all time. That said, ‘The Real Deal’ in his above comments stayed firm on the difference between his fights and Fury vs Wilder 3.

Was Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 the best heavyweight fight of all time?

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Fury vs Wilder trilogy was unquestionably one of the best heavyweight fights of recent times. However, in the past, fights like Ali vs Frazier, Tyson vs Holyfield, Tyson vs Lewis, and more, are registered in the fans’ memories and history books for all the reasons in the world.

Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Tyson Fury in action against Deontay Wilder REUTERS/Steve Marcus TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Yet, this doesn’t take away from the fact that Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder fought like true stalwarts. Hence, after a few years, if it ages well, ‘The Gypsy King’ vs ‘The Bronze Bomber’ 3 can also be mentioned in the same breath as some elite heavyweight encounters.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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