This is pretty exciting news, we may have the return of another legend, another one of the greatest of all time. Lewis finished off his professional career with a record of 41-2-1, boasting 32 knockouts, having become a 19-time world champion before calling it quits.
The only two of his defeats on his record, though he was stopped in both, he avenged, by stopping them both in the rematch. That’s an extremely impressive resume, not many people can say they fight, let alone became one of the best, let alone defeated the only two men to defeat him.
Lewis’ second-to-last fight of his career was against Mike Tyson in June of 2002. He stated he was skeptical of taking the fight with ‘Iron’ Mike, “because TV made him look like King Kong.”
Lewis however defended four heavyweight titles that night as he KO’d Tyson in round eight.
This must be what’s gotten him excited for a potential return. Not only did he defeat Tyson, not only did he stop him, but his career ended on a much more positive note than Tyson’s, and Tyson looked pretty good on Saturday.
Tyson finished his career off with a record of 50-6 (2 NC), which is a great record, but he went 1-3 in his last four fights, being finished in all three defeats. The fact that Lewis went out on top, he may be able to make a comeback as well, and look just as good as Tyson did, so we’d think.
Lewis also went 85-9 as an amateur before turning professional, having been stopped just once in those 94 bouts. He captured the 1988 Olympic gold medal, along with many other championships throughout his amateur run.
Lewis is one year older than Tyson, and four years older than Jones, at 55-years-old, so it’s really now or never for this opportunity. It’s cool seeing legends come back and fight legends, rather than young, hungry, skilled opposition that’ve been active.
Who would you like to see Lennox Lewis face upon return?