Evander Holyfield Shares His Thoughts On Tyson Fury
It wasn’t that long ago when Evander Holyfield shared his praise of WBC and lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury. While he said Anthony Joshua might be the best, he commended the skills of Fury. Due to those skills, there may have been a chance Fury would have given Holyfield a run for his money.
Speaking with Pro Boxing Fans, Holyfield (44-10-2, 1 NC) discussed where Fury would rank in his era. From the late eighties to the late nineties, boxing’s heavyweight division was the talk of the town. Fighters like Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Ray Mercer, Buster Douglas, Riddick Bowe, and Lennox Lewis controlled every aspect of the division. Would Fury’s fighting style work?
“Well it’s obvious he came from a family that fight, so just think about it,” Holyfield stated, via Boxing News 24. “In his family life they were fighters, this is what they like doing.
“In a lot of I guess poor people like myself, fighting was one of the things we did well and so you know with Tyson Fury, he comes from a background of fighters. So I think you know if he would have been in our era, he would have been one of those guys that would have been good. He is very rangy and he’s proven that he can make adjustments.”
Holyfield would win the WBA, WBC, IBF, and USBA Heavyweight Titles following a career in which he held the WBA, WBC, and IBF Cruiserweight Titles. He didn’t get beat until his 29th pro fight against Riddick Bowe. “The Real Deal” would retire in 2011 following a win against Brian Nelson. He has since announced his intentions to return to the ring for exhibition bouts.
Fury (30-0-1) last fought in February, beating Deotnay Wilder for the WBC Heavyweight Title. Chasing Wilder around, Fury damaged the “Bronze Bomber” enough for his corner to throw in the towel. He has agreed in principle to fight Joshua sometime in 2021 but must first face Wilder in a trilogy bout. Holyfield has given advice to Wilder when it comes to the bout, relating to him when it comes to losing.
As far as how the man who survived hard times would do, Holyfield went on to say that Fury’s tough attitude would be accepted within the division.
“Well the thing is I have to think that if he was in our era, he would have fought better fighters, so he had to be tough too because everybody in our era was tough,” Holyfield stated.