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Hall of Fame promoter Kathy Duva says Tyson Fury would have beaten Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, but a fight with Lennox Lewis would have been a 50/50

Hall of Fame promoter Kathy Duva says Tyson Fury would have beaten Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, but a fight with Lennox Lewis would have been a 50/50

The 1990’s was one of the most exciting periods for boxing in history and at the heart of it were the heavyweights.

Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis are names synonymous with boxing and since retiring, they have gone down as some of the best heavyweights in history.

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Tyson, Lewis and Holyfield all became undisputed heavyweight champion of the world at some point in their careers

In his heyday, Tyson was the most fearsome boxer on the planet and at just 20 years old he became the youngest heavyweight world champion in history

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In his heyday, Tyson was the most fearsome boxer on the planet and at just 20 years old he became the youngest heavyweight world champion in history

Holyfield conquered the cruiserweight division before moving up to heavyweight and he remains the only fighter to become undisputed champion in two weight classes in the three-belt era

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Holyfield conquered the cruiserweight division before moving up to heavyweight and he remains the only fighter to become undisputed champion in two weight classes in the three-belt era

1. Lennox Lewis

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Lewis beat every man he faced in the boxing ring, as even though he has two losses and a draw on his resume, he won all three rematches

Nowadays, Tyson Fury has taken over as the new king of the heavyweight division, although there are those that hark back to the past and criticise ‘The Gypsy King’ and all of this generations heavyweights for not being of the same quality to those of the past.

One woman who has had first hand experience working with both generations is Hall-of-Fame promoter, Kathy Duva, who promoted Holyfield and Lewis, as well as dealing with Fury when he fought Steve Cunningham.

“I think Mike Tyson and Evander [Holyfield] would have had a lot of trouble with his size and he’s a good boxer and would out-weigh them by 50-60 lbs, that’s tough to beat. I think Tyson [Fury] has a huge advantage just through his size.

“As for Lennox [Lewis] that’s a different story, because he’s just as big and he was a tremendous boxer and I think he would’ve out-boxed Tyson [Fury].

“I don’t think he would’ve walked in front of him like Wilder did, he’s a far better boxer than Wilder and he came so close. Wilder couldn’t cope with Tyson’s boxing ability, he really has that boxing ability, he’s very good.

“I think that Lennox, he could box and I know Tyson has that punch and Lennox has been down a few times, but so has Tyson, Steve Cunningham knocked him down.


Outside of just the heavyweights, Duva also promoted the likes of Pernell Whittaker, Arturo Gatti and Mark Breland

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Outside of just the heavyweights, Duva also promoted the likes of Pernell Whittaker, Arturo Gatti and Mark Breland

“I think Lennox vs Tyson is the one fight I would love to see, because I honestly can’t tell you who would’ve won that fight.

“Lennox was the greatest heavyweight of his era and it was a great era. He beat Mike Tyson, he beat Holyfield, he didn’t get a second shot at Riddick Bowe in the pro’s because Bowe refused to fight him, but he did beat him in the amateurs.

“They were the four kings of their era and he beat them all, so when people talk about Mike Tyson, they don’t want to hear it, but Lennox Lewis was the best fighter of that era, it wasn’t Mike Tyson.

“I’ve always believed that because of his style, which may not have been the most exciting, and because he was able to discipline himself and fight smarter and his ring intelligence and all those things.

Fury has defeated some of the best fighters of his generation, including Deontay Wilder, Wladimir Klitschko and Dillian Whyte

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Fury has defeated some of the best fighters of his generation, including Deontay Wilder, Wladimir Klitschko and Dillian Whyte

“Just like Dmitry Bivol defeated Canelo by doing all those things, discipline and a great game plan.

“I think Lennox would’ve been a really tough puzzle for anyone to solve and certainly no one of his era could do it. I think in the end if you had to say who was the best, certainly of his era and even this one, I would say Lennox is it, easily.”

Duva is less convinced, however, by Fury’s fellow Brit, Anthony Joshua, as when asked whether she thought he would stand a chance against the likes of Holyfield, Tyson or Lewis, she said, “He’s a lovely guy, but no I don’t think so.

“He’s adorable and he must be a joy to promote and I would kill to have a fighter like that, but I don’t think he’s going to beat Usyk and I don’t think he beats Tyson.

“The two of them in particular are just too well disciplined as boxers and I don’t think he’s ready for what they have in store for him.”

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