He isn't the most consistent champion-struggling with Bobby Czyz one night and backing Mike Tyson into surrender another—but he does have more spirit and stamina than anyone else in boxing. And certainly more skill than a stand-up Brit who can't even level a mohawked Croat. But it's Holyfield's refusal to lose, demonstrated in his most emotional fights, that would turn Lewis back into a frustrated, furious one-dimensional puncher. After all, tougher men than Lewis have left Holyfield's ring biting mad.
The Dreadlocked Englishman was hardly a dreadnought during a 12-round decision over unknown Zeljko Mavrovic last Saturday, but, as Holyfield said after his own lackluster win the week before against Vaughn (Half-Baked) Bean, "Styles make fights." Increasingly, Holyfield's style is to brawl, which would spur the taller, heavier, younger Lewis—whose thunderous left jab-right cross is the best in the division—to be more aggressive. An extra edge? Wily trainer Emanuel Steward, Holyfield's ex, is in Lewis's corner now.