Evander Holyfield Reveals The Best Fighter He Ever Faced

Photo: Instagram/Evander Holyfield

Boxing legend Evander Holyfield has faced some of the sport's biggest names, and he has now revealed who he thinks was the best of them all.

Holyfield, one of the most decorated boxers ever, ended his amateur career with an Olympic bronze medal. He then became a standout talent in the cruiserweight division before moving up to become a four-time heavyweight champion, despite being smaller than many of his opponents. Until Oleksandr Usyk matched his feat, Holyfield was the only man to achieve undisputed titles in both cruiserweight and heavyweight.

Holyfield is well known for his infamous fight with Mike Tyson, where Tyson bit his ear, and for facing other legends like Lennox Lewis and George Foreman. But in an interview with Ring Magazine’s ‘Best I Faced’ series, Holyfield named Riddick Bowe as the greatest opponent he ever fought.

Photo: Instagram/Evander Holyfield

"I would say Bowe. I had three fights with Bowe. He was very competitive, he was always going to be in shape when he fought me," Holyfield said.

Holyfield and Bowe's trilogy is considered one of boxing's best. Bowe won their first fight, Holyfield took the second, and Bowe won the third by knocking Holyfield out for the first time in his career.

Holyfield also ranked Bowe among the top three strongest men he ever faced, behind George Foreman and Lennox Lewis.

"Out of all the people, I would say George Foreman was the strongest. And behind him Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe. I could push anybody back, it wasn’t a problem. I couldn’t push George back. You had to go around him," Holyfield recalled.

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