Good post! It's good to see a Lewis critic who offers arguments
rather than abuse, but I have to say that I disagree somewhat
with your analysis. My view is more in Lewis' favour.
> LEWIS' BOXING VS BYRD'S DEFENSE: 'Lewis' boxing'??
> Isn't that an oxymoron? Lewis has average boxing
> skills- at best; Byrd is very slick defensively. HUGE EDGE: BYRD
Byrd is slick defensively, but I'd like to see what
happens when he faces someone who has power, handspeed,
jab, combinations and a huge reach advantage - someone
like Lennox Lewis. I admit that Lewis' defence is
shaky on the inside, that's where McCall, Bruno and
Mercer were successful against him. But his long
range defence is very good, and steadily improving
under the guidance of Emanuel Stewart. EVEN
> BYRD'S BOXING VS LEWIS' DEFENSE: Lewis isn't
> very hard to hit; Byrd would hit him hard and
> often- OK, maybe not hard. HUGE EDGE: BYRD
I see a Lewis vs. Byrd fight as a fight that will
consist mostly of long range boxing. Lewis' long
range defence plus his counterpunching ability will
outclass any opponent that Byrd has faced so far. EVEN
> LEWIS' POWER VS BYRD'S CHIN: We've never seen
> Byrd hurt, but then again- who has he fought?
> Lewis has pretty good power- I'll give him
> the benefit of the doubt: EDGE: LEWIS
Byrd's chin hasn't been tested too much. Lewis is
one of the hardest hitters in boxing today. HUGE EDGE: LEWIS
> BYRD'S POWER VS LEWIS' CHIN- McCall dropped
> Lewis quickly and easily in their first fight;
> we'll see how Lewis holds up in the rematch.
> Then again- McCall isn't the hardest puncher
> around either! Byrd has more power than people
> give him credit for- but that's not very much! EDGE: LEWIS
McCall is a very hard puncher according to Norwegian
former heavyweight contender Steffen Tangstad, who
used to spar with McCall. McCall caught Lewis flush
on the chin with a very hard right, a punch that
probably would have dropped nearly everyone. Lewis
showed in his fight against Mercer that he is tough
and durable and that he has quite a good chin. Byrd
is a very light hitter. HUGE EDGE:
> QUALITY OF OPPOSITION: Lewis has never fought
> a "top" heavyweight, probably because they are
> all afraid of him (yeah, right). Byrd's
> competition has been byrd shit (get it?). EDGE: LEWIS
Lewis has fought Mercer and Ruddock, who showed against
Witherspoon, Tyson and Holyfield that they were top
10 or even top 5 contenders. HUGE EDGE: LEWIS
> OVERALL: Lewis is TREMENDOUSLY overrated, but
> he's still a pretty good heavyweight with decent
> skills. Byrd is the slickest heavyweight since
> Muhammad Ali. But can he punch? And- how
> will he take a punch?
Lewis is not overrated IMO, I think he is perhaps
the best heavyweight in the world at the moment.
Byrd will be in for something completely different
from what he has been up against so far.
> Prediction: Byrd is too fast and smart for Lewis. BYRD W12 OVER LEWIS
Prediction: Lewis' advantages in size, reach and power
will overwhelm Byrd.
LEWIS KO BYRD sometime between round 3 and round 9.