LENNOX READY TO RUMBLE
LENNOX LEWIS last night moved closer to a comeback that will divide
boxing when he admitted he wanted to barge Danny Williams out of the way and
fight Vitali Klitschko himself during their heavyweight title fight in the
early hours of yesterday morning.
Lewis watched from a television gantry as Klitschko retained his WBC
title by pounding brave Williams to a brutally one-sided eighth-round
stoppage in Las Vegas.
Then the former champion, who retired 18 months ago, confessed he was
edging closer to being lured back into the ring by the prospect of a massive
payday for a rematch with Klitschko. "These kinds of fights do tempt me to
think about coming back because when I see the weaknesses Vitali has, I know
I can beat him," said Lewis, 38.
"I felt like jumping in the ring and saying 'Danny, sit down mate, let
me sort this out for you. Let me show you how it's done'. I'm nine months
away from being fighting fit and watching the fight unfold last night
stirred something inside me. It showed Klitschko's vulnerability."
Lewis is still irritated by the perception that he would have lost
against Klitschko in June last year in his final fight if the referee had
not come to his rescue by ruling Klitschko was too badly cut to continue.
Klitschko, who knows a rematch with Lewis is the most lucrative fight
out there, is thirsting to avenge what he sees as the injustice of his
defeat to the former champion.
And heavyweight boxing desperately needs a credible challenger to
Klitschko in a division so dominated by old men and mediocrities.
Most observers want Lewis, 38, to be smart enough to remain in
retirement. But many of the same observers noted this week that Lewis spoke
about boxing with a wistfulness they had not heard since his savage defeat