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Linedog
08-08-2003, 11:47 AM
LOS ANGELES -- Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis is considering retirement and has decided against fighting again this year, meaning a discussed rematch against Vitali Klitschko in December won't take place.


"Lennox has been very public in his comments that he was seriously considering retirement, that he just wasn't sure he wants to go forward,'' Lewis' attorney, Judd Burstein, said Monday from his home in Westport, Conn. "He is still considering whether he wants to keep fighting.


"It's not a question of whether Lennox can or cannot be ready this year. Of course he can be ready. He chooses not to fight this year while he's considering whether or not he's ever going to fight again.''


Klitschko was upset upon hearing the news.


"Honestly, it seems to me that Lennox is looking for an easy exit,'' Klitschko said in Hamburg, Germany. "Why else would he wait until I was cleared to fight to announce that he did not want to fight? He is looking for an easy way out.


"I did not expect to hear anything like this. Lewis is a great champion, but I have the feeling he realizes how tough the fight against me really was and how difficult the rematch will be. I am ready to fight Lennox Lewis right now.''


Lewis retained his WBC and IBO heavyweight titles in the sixth round June 21 at Staples Center when his fight against Klitschko was stopped because of bloody cuts around the challenger's left eye.


Klitschko, who led 58-56 on all three scorecards when the 12-round bout was stopped, protested vehemently that he could keep fighting.


The two sides talked about Lewis taking on the Ukrainian again Dec. 6, possibly in Madison Square Garden.


"I'm surprised. After all, he demanded an examination from a specialist that my cut has healed. Apparently he's got more respect for me than he indicated,'' Klitschko said. "I'm ready and I think it is very sad.''


Lewis said on a conference call July 2 that he definitely wanted a rematch with Klitschko, who was cleared to return to the ring three weeks later by Dr. Volker Steinkraus in Hamburg.


But if he's going to fight Lewis again, it won't be until 2004 at the earliest.


"Lennox made a determination that under all circumstances, he would not be fighting again this year,'' Burstein said. "He concluded that it would not be fair to HBO, potential sites, Vitali Klitschko and most importantly the sport of boxing to keep everybody wondering about a December fight when he had already made this decision.


"From a business perspective, much of the boxing world was on hold in terms of the fall schedule until Lennox made his decisions. He just did not think it was fair to keep everyone in limbo.''


The 37-year-old Lewis said last week in London that he was seriously considering retirement.


"I speak about what's happened, not about what will be,'' Burstein said regarding that possibility.

JMJ
08-08-2003, 11:51 AM
He should retire. Another beating by Klitschko is no way to go out. Would've loved to see a Lewis - Tyson fight though......JMJ

upliftdisco365
08-08-2003, 11:57 AM
Originally posted by JMJ:
. Would've loved to see a Lewis - Tyson fight though......JMJ Another one? Man, not me. This fight was completely prdeictable and uninteresting. Lewis-Klitschko II would be an epic heavyweight battle that Lewis would, in all likelyhood, lose. He's 37. I told my girl, who LOVES Lennox Lewis, that he'd be in a real fight against Klitschko. He doesn't want any real fights as this stage of the game. He's accomplished a lot. He's wealthy. His head is still pretty much in tact. Fvck it. exit. Live.

[ August 08, 2003, 12:58 PM: Message edited by: upliftdisco365 ]

JMJ
08-08-2003, 12:03 PM
Originally posted by upliftdisco365:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by JMJ:
. Would've loved to see a Lewis - Tyson fight though......JMJ Another one? Man, not me. This fight was completely prdeictable and uninteresting. Lewis-Klitschko II would be an epic heavyweight battle that Lewis would, in all likelyhood, lose. He's 37. I told my girl, who LOVES Lennox Lewis, that he'd be in a real fight against Klitschko. He doesn't want any real fights as this stage of the game. He's accomplished a lot. He's wealthy. His head is still pretty much in tact. Fvck it. exit. Live. </font>[/QUOTE]Given Tyson's current financial plight, I think he would give Lewis a better fight this time around. More to fight for.....JMJ

Tee Mallory
08-08-2003, 12:05 PM
He has a lot of reasons to retire but I predict he fights Klitchko in the rematch. His ego is too big to end his career on a fight like his last. Klitchko was rocking him good. Lennox was lucky to escape with his title intact. We'll see what happens.

TM

Ken1015
08-08-2003, 12:18 PM
Originally posted by JMJ:
Given Tyson's current financial plight, I think he would give Lewis a better fight this time around. More to fight for.....JMJ Tyson's current finances are irrelevant. Regardless of whether he's broke or rich he's still the top draw in boxing. All he has to do is show up and he reaps millions. Tyson proved in their last fight that his glory days are over. The fighter with something to prove is Klitschko and that's why Klitschko/Lewis II would be better than Tyson/Lewis II. Lewis would kick Klitschko's ass in a rematch. The only difference would be that it would be done convincingly the next time.

Linedog
08-08-2003, 12:30 PM
Originally posted by Ken1015:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by JMJ:
Given Tyson's current financial plight, I think he would give Lewis a better fight this time around. More to fight for.....JMJ Tyson's current finances are irrelevant. Regardless of whether he's broke or rich he's still the top draw in boxing. All he has to do is show up and he reaps millions. Tyson proved in their last fight that his glory days are over. The fighter with something to prove is Klitschko and that's why Klitschko/Lewis II would be better than Tyson/Lewis II. Lewis would kick Klitschko's ass in a rematch. The only difference would be that it would be done convincingly the next time. </font>[/QUOTE]I think that more people would buy tickets/PPV for a Lewis-Tyson match than a Lewis-Klitschko. Tyson is the top draw at that weight class. Although many a hardcore fan would not buy it, the rest of the world would.

Tee Mallory
08-08-2003, 12:30 PM
I think Tyson is the one who should retire. . .

I wouldn't be too fast to say Lewis would beat Klitschko in a rematch . . .

TM

JMJ
08-08-2003, 12:32 PM
Originally posted by Ken1015:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by JMJ:
Given Tyson's current financial plight, I think he would give Lewis a better fight this time around. More to fight for.....JMJ Tyson's current finances are irrelevant. Regardless of whether he's broke or rich he's still the top draw in boxing. All he has to do is show up and he reaps millions. Tyson proved in their last fight that his glory days are over. The fighter with something to prove is Klitschko and that's why Klitschko/Lewis II would be better than Tyson/Lewis II. Lewis would kick Klitschko's ass in a rematch. The only difference would be that it would be done convincingly the next time. </font>[/QUOTE]Tyson's finances ARE relevant. HE NEEDS CASH. Where else would he get paid?? He would be fighting for his life......JMJ

Linedog
08-08-2003, 12:37 PM
Originally posted by JMJ:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Ken1015:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by JMJ:
Given Tyson's current financial plight, I think he would give Lewis a better fight this time around. More to fight for.....JMJ Tyson's current finances are irrelevant. Regardless of whether he's broke or rich he's still the top draw in boxing. All he has to do is show up and he reaps millions. Tyson proved in their last fight that his glory days are over. The fighter with something to prove is Klitschko and that's why Klitschko/Lewis II would be better than Tyson/Lewis II. Lewis would kick Klitschko's ass in a rematch. The only difference would be that it would be done convincingly the next time. </font>[/QUOTE]Tyson's finances ARE relevant. HE NEEDS CASH. Where else would he get paid?? He would be fighting for his life......JMJ </font>[/QUOTE]Tyson's ability to draw may be dwindling, as long as he can shock the public and keep that unpredictable edge, he will make some loot. But alas, everyone seems to be getting used to his antics and it may soon be the twilight that we see up ahead for Tyson.

Bill Blake
08-08-2003, 01:00 PM
Best first name a man could have.

JMJ
08-08-2003, 01:04 PM
Originally posted by Jamie Lennox:
Best first name a man could have. Vitali??? Not very common west of Moscow......JMJ

Tee Mallory
08-08-2003, 01:06 PM
his unpredictability intrigues many but I predict that Tyson loses to anyone who hits him back. . .

;)

TM

Linedog
08-08-2003, 01:13 PM
Originally posted by Tee Mallory:
his unpredictability intrigues many but I predict that Tyson loses to anyone who hits him back. . .

;)

TM Yah, but being backed by King anyone who would hit back will be paid off long before the first bell rings.

Tee Mallory
08-08-2003, 01:22 PM
The hitter (Holyfield, Lewis) may get paid but what about the hittee(Tyson)?

I see your point financially but when your brains are too scrambled to spend the money does it matter?

I'm for Tyson retiring based on his health and well-being.

TM

JMJ
08-08-2003, 01:26 PM
Originally posted by Tee Mallory:
his unpredictability intrigues many but I predict that Tyson loses to anyone who hits him back. . .

;)

TM Did Robin Givens know of that strategy??.....JMJ

Tee Mallory
08-08-2003, 01:31 PM
Originally posted by JMJ:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Tee Mallory:
his unpredictability intrigues many but I predict that Tyson loses to anyone who hits him back. . .

;)

TM Did Robin Givens know of that strategy??.....JMJ </font>[/QUOTE]Naw Tyson wasn't exposed until he met Buster Douglas (lol)

Sorry, we were talking about Lewis. . . I say he should fight the Klitschko guy once more and retire win or lose.

Bill Blake
08-08-2003, 01:43 PM
Originally posted by JMJ:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Jamie Lennox:
Best first name a man could have. Vitali??? Not very common west of Moscow......JMJ </font>[/QUOTE]LENNOX
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DJ Timmy Richardson
08-08-2003, 02:27 PM
Originally posted by JMJ:
He should retire. Another beating by Klitschko is no way to go out. Would've loved to see a Lewis - Tyson fight though......JMJ Uh you got it backwards...The only thing blocking Lewis' right hand was Klitschko's left face.

JMJ
08-08-2003, 02:36 PM
Originally posted by DJ Timmy Richardson:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by JMJ:
He should retire. Another beating by Klitschko is no way to go out. Would've loved to see a Lewis - Tyson fight though......JMJ Uh you got it backwards...The only thing blocking Lewis' right hand was Klitschko's left face. </font>[/QUOTE]You must have seen the edited version......JMJ ;)

House
08-08-2003, 02:42 PM
hamburger face does not equal win

i didnt know if i was seeing a boxing match or a surgical procedure

ouch

guy formally knwn as mfsb
08-08-2003, 05:06 PM
I still think Lewis got the more effective punches in the fight. He was poundin that face hardcore. But now with this announcement, I have to wonder just how hard this Klit guy hits. He must have rocked Lewis bell.

I wonder if Lewis was hittin that chronic before the fight? Cuz he just seemed to be winded and clumsy lookin.

Scene from Return of the Jedi:

Luke - (fightin with light saber against Vader)
Vader - Impressive......... most impressive.
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[ August 08, 2003, 06:17 PM: Message edited by: guy formally knwn as mfsb ]