Originally Posted by Kuytrider
LOVE this fight. For me, Lewis was an underrated champion during his tenure and only got his due after he retired. Actually, you could say the same for Holmes! Both fighters had terrific jabs and big power shots but for me Holmes was a little better at everything: Better jab, more power (arguable) and better chin (how the hell did he get up from that Ernie Shavers punch?) and would consistently beat Lewis to the punch to win via late stoppage or a clear points decision.
Who wins between Joe Louis and Tyson/Ali/Frazier/Foreman? (pick any one). For the record, I would place Louis in the top 5 heavyweights ever.
Agree entirely with your assessment about Lewis, but I think he would have narrowly beaten Holmes.
Joe Louis - I haven't seen many of his fights, but I know how highly he is rated. I think that as a guy from an earlier era, he's slightly underpowered against most of those guys. He fought at just over 200 lbs - I think that's too light to trouble Foreman. I think he would outclass Frazier, however. Against Tyson and Ali, I've no idea. My gut instinct is that Tyson would be too much for Louis (I know, it's heresy).