Thursday, 10 October 2013 14:30

Lennox Lewis vs Wladimir Klitschko in 2014? Ex champ considering comeback

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Fight legend and former universally recognized heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis says he was offered $50 million face lineal champion Wladimir Klitschko or his brother, the WBC Champion, while attending Klitschko vs Povetkin last weekend in Moscow.

And Lewis, who turned 48 last month, agreed... But not for $50 million.

Lewis told Daily Mail:

"I said [previously] it will take [50 million dollars] to get me out of my pajamas but now I have to consider the value of my legacy of having retired as undisputed champion. That will cost them [$100 million dollars]."

That's £62.6m... and a lot of mulla.

Is he serious or purposely trying to price himself out of consideration?

"That is my price tag and it is under discussion," Lewis told the Daily Mail. "I have told them I can be ready in six months and I am in provisional training, Lewis added.

Under consideration?

Lewis's demand is more than twice as much as Floyd Mayweather's $41.5 Million guarantee for his bout with Canelo Alvarez - the highest grossing fight in history. Incidentally, Mayweather is set to gross upwards of $70 Million for that bout.

Lennox last fought in June 2003, defeating Vitali Klitschko via a sixth round stoppage due to serious lacerations sustained by the latter. The champion, who was down 58-56 on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage, officially retired 7 months later and seemingly never looked back.

Can Lennox, a 48 year old former champion who hasn't fought in 10 years, get $100 million?

It's doubtful but not completely out of the realm.

Lennox Lewis lands a right hand in his last bout, to date, against Vitali Klitschko

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If the public sees a toned, well-muscled Lewis training and looking spry in the gym, a la Jim Jeffries in 1910, a comeback would generate enormous interest...

BUT he must, at the very least, 'look the part' to get the ball rolling.

When asked which brother he'd prefer to face, Lennox replied, "I beat Vitali so I would like to fight the other brother but we'll see how it works out. I want to bring back the Sweet Science to heavyweight boxing."


Lennox Lewis Facts
  • Won a Gold medal for Canada as a Super Heavyweight in the 1988 Olympics

  • Lennox is one of only two heavyweight champions (Rocky Marciano) to have defeated every opponent he's ever faced as he scored KO wins in rematches over the two men who defeated him - Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman.

  • The Lennox Lewis vs. Frank Bruno fight in October 1993 marked the first time that two British-born boxers had fought for the world heavyweight title.

  • Lewis vs. Tyson (2002) was the highest-grossing event in pay-per-view history at the time, generating $106.9 million from 1.95 million buys in the U.S., It was surpassed by De La Hoya vs Mayweather in 2007 which was eclipsed by Mayweather vs Canelo last month.

Most Significant Wins
  • TKO 6 Vitali Klitschko - 2003
  • KO 8 Mike Tyson - 2002
  • KO 4 Hasim Rahman- 2001
  • UD 12 David Tua - 2000
  • TKO 2 Michael Grant - 2000
  • UD 12 Evander Holyfield - 1999
  • TKO 5 Shannon Briggs - 1998
  • TKO 1 Andrew Golota - 1997
  • TKO 5 Oliver McCall - 1997
  • UD 10 Ray Mercer - 1996
  • TKO 6 Tommy Morrison - 1995
  • KO 2 Razor Ruddock - 1992
Loses/Draws
  • KO 5 Hasim Rahman- 2001
  • D12 Evander Holyfield - 1999
  • KO2 Oliver McCall - 1994
Strengths
  • Explosive right hand
  • Size (height and reach)
  • Patience
  • Ring intelligence
  • Strong amateur pedigree
 

 

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