Lewis: Fight Klit or Hang 'Em Up

Lewis: Fight Klit or Hang 'Em Up

Post by Johnbo » Mon, 03 Feb 2003 03:30:54


I want to start by making it clear than Lennox Lewis has nothing to prove to
anyone, least of all us wannabe pundits on RSB. Fighting either or both of
the Klitschko brothers is not even remotely necessary to secure his legacy,
whatever that may turn out to be.

However, the idea of not fighting the Kltischkos or Chris Byrd, and going
for a rematch with Mike Tyson instead is laughable. Lewis gave Tyson a
pasting. What is there to prove? The fight probably won't even make as much
money as Lewis could in a well-promoted bout against one of the Klits. What
is more classic for putting butts in the seats than a big black guy vs. a
big white guy? Compare that to watching Lennox Lewis deliver an even worse
beating to Mike Tyson. As much as I would like to see Mike get whomped
again, I am not going to pay $50 for it. I think only the Jerry Springer,
hoping-Tyson-goes-psycho crowd would.

The champion's job is to defend the title against legitimate contenders. All
champions do fight less-than-worthy challengers, Lewis included. However, if
Lewis will have a legacy, it will be because he has fought and won against
most of the best men in his generation, outlasted that group of fighters,
and has taken down most of the generation that followed. Frankly, if he is
not interested in fighting the Klitschkos or Byrd, then he should simply
retire. Beating up Mike Tyson for a tidy bundle of cash is unworthy of a
great champion.

Johnboy

 
 
 

Lewis: Fight Klit or Hang 'Em Up

Post by FRITFRA » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 02:57:55

Quote:
>Fighting either or both of
>the Klitschko brothers is not even remotely necessary to secure his legacy,
>whatever that may turn out to be

Said right!!!!!!!!!!!! Larry Holmes is a hell of a lot better champion than
Lewis!! So was Tyson in his prime. Prime example, Lewis getting his ass handed
to him by two medicore fighters! (McCall & Rahman) Holmes got up and won those
fights he was dropped in.(Snipes & Shavers) Tyson in his prime was stopped by
Douglas only. Other than that his ring fights will be among the best highlights
in film history. Lewis...not too many good highlights!

 
 
 

Lewis: Fight Klit or Hang 'Em Up

Post by Johnbo » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 03:41:30

A champion is defined by his wins AND his losses. Who did Mike Tyson beat in
his "prime?" Some undermotivated paper champions who would belong in the
#25-11 range, even today? A scared and old Michael Spinks? An old and rusty
Larry Holmes?

Their only common victory is over Razor Rudduck. Tyson scored a questionable
knockout in the first fight, and a solid points win in the second. Lewis
crushed Rudduck like a beer can.

Frankly, I have always felt one of the reasons Mike Tyson loomed so large
was because he was a talented fighter riding in at the front of a talented
generation. Because he peaked early, he was able to feast on the remnants of
a rather B grade generation of heavyweights - one largely already cleaned up
by Larry Holmes. Of Tyson's own generation - Holyfield, Bowe, Lewis, Moorer,
Mercer, Rudduck, Morrison and the others - he fought only Rudduck, Lewis and
Holyfield. He lost badly against two out of three of those opponents.

Lewis's legacy will be clearly limited by his humiliating defeats at the
hands of McCall and Rahman, but no one doubts that those losses were
entirely the fault of Lewis himself. It says a lot for what Lewis has
actually won that he can have a legacy, given what he lost.

Johnboy


Quote:
> >Fighting either or both of
> >the Klitschko brothers is not even remotely necessary to secure his
legacy,
> >whatever that may turn out to be

> Said right!!!!!!!!!!!! Larry Holmes is a hell of a lot better champion
than
> Lewis!! So was Tyson in his prime. Prime example, Lewis getting his ass
handed
> to him by two medicore fighters! (McCall & Rahman) Holmes got up and won
those
> fights he was dropped in.(Snipes & Shavers) Tyson in his prime was stopped
by
> Douglas only. Other than that his ring fights will be among the best
highlights
> in film history. Lewis...not too many good highlights!


 
 
 

Lewis: Fight Klit or Hang 'Em Up

Post by Alister Scott Ottese » Tue, 04 Feb 2003 16:12:30

At this point in his career, Lewis is only in it for the money. He can
probably get twice as much by fighting Tyson once than he can by fighting
both Klitchko's.
However annoying that may be for us boxing fans who want to see a
competitive fight, I can also understand Lewis reasoning. We all can because
we all would probably do the very same.

Alister


Quote:
> I want to start by making it clear than Lennox Lewis has nothing to prove
to
> anyone, least of all us wannabe pundits on RSB. Fighting either or both of
> the Klitschko brothers is not even remotely necessary to secure his
legacy,
> whatever that may turn out to be.

> However, the idea of not fighting the Kltischkos or Chris Byrd, and going
> for a rematch with Mike Tyson instead is laughable. Lewis gave Tyson a
> pasting. What is there to prove? The fight probably won't even make as
much
> money as Lewis could in a well-promoted bout against one of the Klits.
What
> is more classic for putting butts in the seats than a big black guy vs. a
> big white guy? Compare that to watching Lennox Lewis deliver an even worse
> beating to Mike Tyson. As much as I would like to see Mike get whomped
> again, I am not going to pay $50 for it. I think only the Jerry Springer,
> hoping-Tyson-goes-psycho crowd would.

> The champion's job is to defend the title against legitimate contenders.
All
> champions do fight less-than-worthy challengers, Lewis included. However,
if
> Lewis will have a legacy, it will be because he has fought and won against
> most of the best men in his generation, outlasted that group of fighters,
> and has taken down most of the generation that followed. Frankly, if he is
> not interested in fighting the Klitschkos or Byrd, then he should simply
> retire. Beating up Mike Tyson for a tidy bundle of cash is unworthy of a
> great champion.

> Johnboy