Two weight undisputed world champion Evander Holyfield has revealed who the hardest puncher he ever shared a ring with was.
Holyfield faced some of the greatest heavyweights of all time during his illustrious career, including the likes of Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe.
However, when RingTV asked ‘The Real Deal’ which of his opponents packed the most power, he did not name any of the above.
Holyfield instead revealed it was the legendary George Foreman, whom he faced when ‘Big George’ was well into his forties, who hit the hardest of all the men he faced.
“George Foreman hit the hardest.”
Holyfield managed to absorb Foreman’s power and grind out a decision win when they locked horns back in 1991 for the undisputed heavyweight world championship.
He also gave formeman credit for the best chin on any opponent he had faced:
“I hit him and I hit him a lot of times, a lot of times, 17 punches one time!”
Foreman would go on to be crowned world heavyweight champion a few years later at the age of 45, making him the oldest man to ever achieve the feat – a record which still stands until this day.
Holyfield called time on his 56 fight professional career in 2011, and has since made forays into reality TV as well as hilariously launching an ear shaped candy with old rival Tyson.
He actually competed in the last undisputed heavyweight world title fight in 1999 against Lewis, however that period of stagnation finally looks set to be over.
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have signed terms for a four belt unification in Saudi Arabia, though there has been no confirmation of a date as of yet.