Former 4-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield knows a thing or two about bouncing back after a world championship defeat.
Something that former WBC champion Deontay Wilder has zero knowledge of. “The Real Deal” has lost championship battles against Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, Lennox Lewis, and John Ruiz.
The 57-year-old legend was sitting front row witnessing the bad beating Wilder got by Tyson Fury this past February and now Holyfield has some advice for his fellow countryman.
“One thing that needs to happen [for Wilder in the third fight] is that he needs to keep his hands up and not to get his eardrum busted. He got hit with every shot that Tyson Fury threw. It’s almost like he was stuck in the mud,” Holyfield told BoxingScene.com in an interview. “He swung his hands like they were too heavy. Usually, he doesn’t get hit that much. He has the energy to move around. Something had to have happened to him in the fight.”
Holyfield originally thought that Fury openly admitting his gameplan in the promotion as an aggressive, come-forward fighter and wanting to pressure Wilder was not a sound idea.
“Fury said, ‘I’m gonna get on him.’ I was like, ‘oh, shoot.’ Fury’s about to get knocked out. But he put the pressure and got him out of there,” said Holyfield.