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Clash of the titans
Real Deal meets New Deal in showdown at the Garden
Posted: Friday March 12, 1999 07:14 PM
By Richard Hoffer
A guy could have gone broke betting against Evander Holyfield. Even now, though Holyfield is 36 and coming off a desultory title defense against Vaughn Bean, no responsible tout will advise wagering against the man who toppled Mike Tyson twice.
Holyfield's recent inconsistency is as troubling to his chances as the size difference. His stirring victories over Tyson in '96 and Michael Moorer in '97 to win the WBA and IBF titles, respectively, were followed by a lackluster decision over Bean last year. You don't like to write off a guy who retired with what was thought to be a hole in his heart and then returned to regain two belts, but Holyfield's manic conditioning can take him only so far.
Now, finally, Lewis has a proven opponent and a chance to participate in a good heavyweight title bout (no oxymoron this time), maybe even a spectacular one. Lewis is bigger, stronger and fresher than Holyfield, and if he's not the warrior Holyfield is, he's at least a younger one. So we figure Lewis in eight. But bet it light.
Issue date: March 15, 1999
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