Boxing legend Larry Holmes doesn’t seem to be a fan of today’s current generation of heavyweights.
The iconic former champion, who led boxing’s glamorous division between 1978 and 1985 and fought Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, is now 72.
As a viewer in 2022, Holmes is unimpressed.
When asked how he rated the skills of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua, Holmes told Fight Hub, “They don’t have any skills.
“They throw punches like that [from their waist] for a jab, you don’t throw a punch like that, you throw straight.
“You can’t hit me with that right hand because that hand is there to protect me.
“They don’t know how to throw a one-two and go out to protect themselves.”
Responding to a counter-argument about Fury’s impressive movement, Holmes said: “He has to move like Larry Holmes, that’s how he has to move.
“You have to throw punches, you shouldn’t take any. And that’s what he does, he takes hits.
“I guess that’s what he wanted to do, prove to people that he can take a punch.
“The game of boxing gets hit and doesn’t get hit.”
Giving his general thoughts on comparing eras, Holmes concluded, “The fighters of today are not the fighters I fought.
“We fought in the top 10, we didn’t dodge anyone.
“Earnie Shavers, Gerry Cooney, Kenny Norton, all those strong guys.
“Today these guys don’t want to fight.
“If you want to make money you have to bring it to them, you have to make these guys fight.”
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