Boxing legend and two-weight world champion Evander Holyfield believes Deontay Wilder deserves way more credit for almost stopping Tyson Fury in their first meeting.
“The Real Deal” knows a thing or two about fighting in major heavyweight fights and he knows what it’s like to find yourself on the mat or how to knock out your opponent in fashion.
A little bit more than a month before the rematch takes place, Holyfield spoke about the controversy surrounding the initial fight between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and the lineal heavyweight champ Tyson Fury. The pair met in December 2018 in Los Angeles, but the bout ended in a draw.
Fury outboxed his American foe in the majority of rounds, but he got knocked down twice.
"If you quit every time things don't go your way, then you'll be quitting all through your life."
–Evander Holyfield pic.twitter.com/kIItrAnYsK
— Prof. Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) August 7, 2019
Still, Evander Holyfield doesn’t believe dominating the fight gives you the right to claim the victory if you’ve been given too much time by the ref to get up.