Hall of famer Evander Holyfield has revealed who the best fighter he ever shared the ring with during his 56 fight professional career was.
Two weight undisputed champion Holyfield shared the ring with some of the most iconic heavyweights of all time, including the likes of Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and George Foreman.
However, Holyfield named Riddick Bowe, the man with whom he shared one of the greatest trilogies in heavyweight history, as his number one opponent when asked by RingTV.
“I would say Riddick Bowe.
I had three fights with Bowe. He was very competitive, he was always going to be in shape when he fought me.”
The three fights with Holyfield are widely regarded as the pinnacle of Bowe’s career, holding two wins to one majority decision defeat, as well as the accolade of being the first fighter to stop the all time great.
However, there is a consensus that ‘Big Daddy’ was still somewhat a case of wasted potential. He never shared a ring with either Tyson or Lewis, famously vacating his WBC title and throwing it into a trash can after the latter was called as his mandatory challenger.
The four were the consensus top dogs at heavyweight throughout the mid 1990s, a period considered a golden age for the division.
Although there has been yet to be a heavyweight era to rival the days of Bowe and co, the signing of an undisputed fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk has gone some ways towards reigniting a spark in the blue ribbon division.