Actually, I'm one of the few that felt Bowe looked good before and after the first Holyfield fight. In fact, despite being a big Holyfield fan, I placed a substantial wager on the underdog Bowe before their first fight because I was so high on Bowe that I thought that he'd not only defeat Holyfield, but stop him. Luckily, I only bet Bowe to win.
This is the guy who was WAY too powerful for Lionel Butler (KO2)(Butler gave a lot of guys a tough time), Bert Cooper (KO2)(and no, Bert was not on drugs for that one, and actually looked pretty good in the 1st round). Cooper gave Evander and Moorer hell. Bowe beat the crap out of Pinklon Thomas, stopped normally unstoppable guys in Garing Lane and Everett Martin, KO’d an in shape and motivated Biggs. Yes his fight with Tubbs was close, but Tony was a seasoned veteran. I also thought his fight with Coetzer, a durable and strong guy, showed that Bowe could maintain a good pace in a somewhat grueling fight. Let’s face it, Bowe’s work rate was amongst the best I’ve ever seen for a man that size, and he knew how to fight on the inside, had big power in both hands, and from the outside had a strong and consistent jab.
His blowouts of Dokes and Ferguson were impressive as well, for those guys weren’t that easily taken out – at least not that fast.
Then he dismantled and obliterated Hide and Gonzalez and made Donald fight purely for survival. He was so damn tough that he made Golota essentially mentally quit, TWICE!
I still think Lennox would have had his number and taken him out, which is why Newman avoided Lennox like the plague.