Yeah, Holyfield recently denied it saying it's slandered his good reputation. He has that fan-favorite good-guy reputation, but if steroids are used, its cheating. Steroids give an advantage that the other guy doesn't have. Shane Mosely was mentioned in that Balco fiasco. Fernando Vargas was on steroids when he fought De la Hoya. Back to Holyfield:
It's difficult to believe that, naturally, without chemical help, that Holyfield could ADD 20 lbs of solid muscle in 8 months like he did in 1988 (190 lbs in April against Carlos DeLeon, 210 lbs in Dec against Pinklon Thomas). Don’t say Holyfield sweated off water-weight to make 190 because most of his fights at cruiserweight, Evander was well beneath the limit, weighing in at 185, 186, 187, or 188 lbs.
It’s extremely difficult to add any mass at all while maintaining cardiovascular conditioning. How does one add 20 lbs of solid muscle while still being able to do several miles roadwork regularly? Roadwork burns off calories like crazy. It was solid muscle too, not fat weight, as evidenced by his stomach remaining hard and chiseled. Old-time fighters used to just eat more to add weight, but there was often some fat weight there.
Holyfield lifted weights, but even doing that, 20 lbs solid in 8 months with no body-fat and maintaining cardio-conditioning is hard to believe UNLESS there was some chemical help. For weight-lifting guidance, a personal trainer was hired for Holyfield, and he was 8 time Mr.Olympia bodybuilding champion, Lee Haney. God helps those who help themselves.
Could this be related to that apparent heart problem Holyfield had after losing to Moorer, prompting Holyfield to retire for a while before being mysteriously healed by Benny Hinn and coming back to beat Tyson?