The former cruiserweight and heavyweight king claimed the WBC champion is a more dangerous fighter than WBA, IBF and WBO unified king Anthony Joshua.
Talking to TMZ Sports, Holyfield, who beat Mike Tyson twice, cited Wilder’s speed and power makes him a greater heavyweight than Britain’s Joshua.
Holyfield said: "All of them are good. With me personally, I think it's Deontay [Wilder]- regardless of the last fight with Fury.
“When you knock a guy down like that, and he's down for four seconds – they usually stop it.
They don't wait for the guy to get up.
"I think Deontay [is the best at heavyweight], but I think skill-wise I can say Anthony Joshua, but he won't fight [the best].
“Until you fight somebody it don't really make a difference.
"Deontay stand a chance to beat any of them guys, because he got the knockout power and he's quicker than a lot of guys think he is. He gets better in each and every fight."
Wilder, 33, looked set to rematch Tyson Fury, 30 this year – after the pair fought to a contentious split-decision draw in December, where the Gyspy King was unfortunate not to claim the WBC title.
The rematch looked to be in limbo, however, after Fury signed an £80million deal with American promoter Bob Arum and ESPN – who are rivals to Showtime, Wilder’s regular broadcaster.
However, Wilder insisted he is a free agent meaning he is open to fight Fury on ESPN – this led to Top Rank chief Arum revealing he sent an offer to the WBC champion.
Shelly Finkel, The Bronze Bomber’s co-manager, revealed he has received the offer to fight Fury, and will review the deal in place.
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