Evander’s headbutts are the stuff of legend. I heard Shane Mosley once say that Evander was teaching classes on how to properly headbutt without getting hurt. Ever notice how Evander is NEVER hurt when he butts someone? There’s an almost spiritual martial arts feel to it, like the way karate experts can break boards with their heads and not get injured in the slightest.
BUT honestly not all of his butts are intentional. For more power and leverage, Evander dips low and springs forward for more impact and if his opponent is also moving forward, a headbutt occurs. This happened in the Tyson rematch but Evander’s headbutts in the first fights with Tyson and Lewis were intentional, especially against Lewis. Holyfield charged in with his shiny bald head and even Foreman and Merchant called him out on it.
Now Tyson often had that style of fighting, dipping & spriging forward.
But while dirty in some ways, he was not known for smashing heads.
Though being shorter & getting low, it was hard to butt heads so easily...
Tyson naturally had to lunge forward to get inside. Holyfield may have been the taller man but he dipped low and lunged in also as if he were a small brawler. Clashing of the heads is inevitable. That's why I give Holyfield the benefit of the doubt in the Tyson fights. The rematch was accidental. But I have to watch the first fight again to judge.
But he OUTRIGHT cheated against Lewis in their first fight. He charged right in with his head to butt Lewis in the eye, and even grabbed him and threw him down at one point. Evander could be a dirty fighter, especially when desperate.
George Foreman called out Holyfield for those dirty antics, and Larry Merchant goes, "Evander's a rough fighter because it's a rough game."
Foreman rolled his eyes and said, "Joe Louis would NEVER resort to all of this." Great point. Merchant's bias is part of the problem - people loved Evander so much that they let him get away with this stuff.