Here is a dispatch from the What Might Have Been Dept.
Makes sense, being that the lowdown got here from this weekend’s International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend, which noticed Vitali Klitschko (45-2) head up the present class of retired pugilists.
Randy Gordon of Sirius/XM queried the boxer turned politician, who gained mad followers together with his shedding effort to Lennox Lewis in 2003, Lewis’ final bout as a professional. Some of you’ll recall that we the media pestered Lewis (41-2-1) on a regular basis within the ensuing years, asking if and when he’d be coming again. Not gonna occur, he all the time insisted.
Turns out it got here nearer to occurring, perhaps, than most assume…
“Lennox Lewis after the fight promised to give me rematch and I very appreciate I have a chance to fight the great champion, great fighter that’s Lennox Lewis,” Vitali advised Gordon. “I present my expertise and I beat him however they stopped the battle and I used to be actually upset, Lennox was very completely happy.
“But after the battle Lennox advised me ‘Don’t fear, I promise you I provide you with rematch and we battle once more’ however, we make negotiation and Lennox invite me to his workplace in London to signal the contract, battle contract for the following battle. I used to be shocked. Lennox inform me, “Please we talk together just you and me, don’t bring the lawyers, don’t being anybody, we talk together”. I come to his workplace I used to be actually shocked Lennox was not alone, together with his mother. We speak concerning the subsequent battle, I suppose two hours and mother doesn’t say one phrase. They scanned me with eye, and the mother from Lennox was larger and wiser…I do know mother was all the time in camp, mother was all the time by Lennox’s fights. I go away the workplace, Lennox name me and advised, “Vitali, sorry, I no fight you” and I’m perceive. His mother don’t like me and inform to Lennox, “Lennox, better not to fight Klitschko again. Yeah, I was a little bit upset but anyway thank you for Lennox, he gave me chance to prove my skills against best boxer in my career.”
So, there you go, the recollection from Vitali’s aspect on why Lewis stepped away, and stayed away. Who woulda identified, a mama curtailed the drama…
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