Lennox Lewis Feels He Could Have Bested A Prime Mike Tyson

By: Sean Crose The fight was a wipe out. Mike Tyson, arguably light years away from his glory days, was dismantled and destroyed by reigning heavyweight kingpin Lennox Lewis in brutal, one sided fashion. That was back in 2002, and since that time, people have had things to say about it. Although there's no doubt the fight was a one sided blowout for Lewis, it's understandable that the public would bring up the fact that the Tyson who faced Lewis wasn't the Tyson who stormed through the heavyweight division 10-15 years earlier. Lewis, however, made it clear in a recent interview with Britain Today that he'd have beaten a prime Tyson, as well. "I’m a five-dimensional fighter and he’s a one-dimensional fighter,” the Sun quotes Lewis as saying. What's more, Lewis claims the Tyson who he met in the ring was essentially the same Tyson he met when both were coming up through the amateurs. "He was nice," Lewis is quoted as saying of the younger Tyson, "we looked at lots of old films and he was more into boxing at the time that I was." Indeed, Lewis claims that he genuinely liked Tyson - at least before Tyson acted dangerously in the leadup to their heavyweight title battle. "I grew to really like and know him when I was an amateur," Lewis is quoted as reminiscing, "but then when he went into his pro career I never really knew why he was acting like that." Still, by the time the two men finally met in a professional fight ring, Lewis wasn't impressed. "Then we fought," Lewis is quoted by the Sun as saying, "and he was just the same guy I met when we were 14 or 15." Sure enough, a battered and bloody Tyson was stopped in brutal fashion in the eighth. It was, for all intents and purposes, the belated end of the Tyson era. Not that Tyson is a mere memory. As many already know, the fighter known as Iron Mike, who is now in his 50s, is set to face fellow former great Roy Jones in an exhibition bout later this month which will air live on pay per view. The event is getting a lot of press and there's little doubt Tyson's been looking good in training. Although he certainly won't look as he did when he faced Michael Spinks when he fights Jones on the 28th, Tyson will certainly look more ring ready than your average 54 year old. As for Lewis, the retired all time great hasn't expressed serious public interest in returning to the ring himself. The post Lennox Lewis Feels He Could Have Bested A Prime Mike Tyson appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Lennox Lewis Feels He Could Have Bested A Prime Mike Tyson

By: Sean Crose

The fight was a wipe out. Mike Tyson, arguably light years away from his glory days, was dismantled and destroyed by reigning heavyweight kingpin Lennox Lewis in brutal, one sided fashion. That was back in 2002, and since that time, people have had things to say about it. Although there's no doubt the fight was a one sided blowout for Lewis, it's understandable that the public would bring up the fact that the Tyson who faced Lewis wasn't the Tyson who stormed through the heavyweight division 10-15 years earlier. Lewis, however, made it clear in a recent interview with Britain Today that he'd have beaten a prime Tyson, as well.

"I’m a five-dimensional fighter and he’s a one-dimensional fighter,” the Sun quotes Lewis as saying. What's more, Lewis claims the Tyson who he met in the ring was essentially the same Tyson he met when both were coming up through the amateurs. "He was nice," Lewis is quoted as saying of the younger Tyson, "we looked at lots of old films and he was more into boxing at the time that I was." Indeed, Lewis claims that he genuinely liked Tyson - at least before Tyson acted dangerously in the leadup to their heavyweight title battle.

"I grew to really like and know him when I was an amateur," Lewis is quoted as reminiscing, "but then when he went into his pro career I never really knew why he was acting like that." Still, by the time the two men finally met in a professional fight ring, Lewis wasn't impressed. "Then we fought," Lewis is quoted by the Sun as saying, "and he was just the same guy I met when we were 14 or 15." Sure enough, a battered and bloody Tyson was stopped in brutal fashion in the eighth. It was, for all intents and purposes, the belated end of the Tyson era.

Not that Tyson is a mere memory. As many already know, the fighter known as Iron Mike, who is now in his 50s, is set to face fellow former great Roy Jones in an exhibition bout later this month which will air live on pay per view. The event is getting a lot of press and there's little doubt Tyson's been looking good in training. Although he certainly won't look as he did when he faced Michael Spinks when he fights Jones on the 28th, Tyson will certainly look more ring ready than your average 54 year old.

As for Lewis, the retired all time great hasn't expressed serious public interest in returning to the ring himself.

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Terence Crawford: “I want Pacquiao, Everything was already 95 percent done”

By: Hans Themistode WBO welterweight star Terence Crawford has never been one to call out fighters. He’s simply been content with fighting the best out there no matter who it is. Yet, following a fourth round win over former welterweight belt holder Kell Brook, Crawford kept his answer short and sweet when asked who he wants to go after next. “I want Pacquiao,” said Crawford following his victory. Crawford, 33, has been linked to a possible showdown with Pacquiao for years now. But most of the boxing world has pushed for him to face off with unified champion Errol Spence Jr. While a matchup with the aforementioned Spence Jr. is something that he would take in a heartbeat, Pacquiao (62-7, 39 KOs) is at the top of his list. “Yeah, of course,” said Crawford when asked if he wants to face Pacquiao more than Spence Jr. “I want Pacquiao.” Facing off with the 41-year-old WBA welterweight titlist was apparently just within the former three division champions reach. Just before COVID-19 made its unwanted presence felt, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) revealed that both his team and team Pacquiao were on the verge of finalizing a deal for a contest that would take place in the Middle East this year. However, with such a big event, the mere thought of having it inside of an empty arena was unsatisfactory which led to the deal falling apart. Unfortunately for Crawford, COVID-19 is not only still running rampant, but thriving. Spikes in various parts of the world have been reported as there doesn't appear to be a reprieve in sight. Still, if there is any possibility at all to return back to the negotiating table, Crawford is all in. “I want to revisit that fight,” explained Crawford. “It’s a fight that should have happened right now but because of the pandemic, they weren’t going to allow fans in the middle eastern so we had to put a halt to that. Everything was already 95 percent done. We had the venue and the money was almost there but not quite there. That was the only thing we were waiting on but the only thing that messed up the fight was the fans.” For years now, several notable names have expressed a concern in a possible matchup between the two. The soon to be 42 year old Pacquiao has been boxing for a quarter century. Former promoter of Pacquiao and the current promoter of Crawford were amongst those waving the stop sign in front of a possible matchup between the pair. “He doesn’t want to fight Crawford,” said Arum to FightHype during an interview last year. “He didn’t want to fight Crawford when I was promoting him. There’s no disgrace in Pacquiao not fighting Crawford. Pacquiao is not competitive with Crawford. He’s a great fighter still, but he’s not competitive.” Despite his trepidation for Pacquiao, Arum seemed more willing to help push that fight over the finish line as recently as this year. For Crawford, he doesn't view Pacquiao as someone who would avoid him. With 25 years as a professional boxer coupled with eight division world titles, the future first ballot hall of famer has never shied away from a challenge. Even at the age of 41, Pacquiao has shown that there is still plenty left in the tank. “Manny is a true champion. He’s never shied away from any challenge at any time. He’s fighting young lions and beat two of them in Broner and Keith Thurman.” The post Terence Crawford: “I want Pacquiao, Everything was already 95 percent done” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Terence Crawford: “I want Pacquiao, Everything was already 95 percent done”

By: Hans Themistode

WBO welterweight star Terence Crawford has never been one to call out fighters. He’s simply been content with fighting the best out there no matter who it is. Yet, following a fourth round win over former welterweight belt holder Kell Brook, Crawford kept his answer short and sweet when asked who he wants to go after next.

“I want Pacquiao,” said Crawford following his victory.

Crawford, 33, has been linked to a possible showdown with Pacquiao for years now. But most of the boxing world has pushed for him to face off with unified champion Errol Spence Jr. While a matchup with the aforementioned Spence Jr. is something that he would take in a heartbeat, Pacquiao (62-7, 39 KOs) is at the top of his list.

“Yeah, of course,” said Crawford when asked if he wants to face Pacquiao more than Spence Jr. “I want Pacquiao.”

Facing off with the 41-year-old WBA welterweight titlist was apparently just within the former three division champions reach. Just before COVID-19 made its unwanted presence felt, Crawford (37-0, 28 KOs) revealed that both his team and team Pacquiao were on the verge of finalizing a deal for a contest that would take place in the Middle East this year. However, with such a big event, the mere thought of having it inside of an empty arena was unsatisfactory which led to the deal falling apart.

Unfortunately for Crawford, COVID-19 is not only still running rampant, but thriving. Spikes in various parts of the world have been reported as there doesn't appear to be a reprieve in sight. Still, if there is any possibility at all to return back to the negotiating table, Crawford is all in.

“I want to revisit that fight,” explained Crawford. “It’s a fight that should have happened right now but because of the pandemic, they weren’t going to allow fans in the middle eastern so we had to put a halt to that. Everything was already 95 percent done. We had the venue and the money was almost there but not quite there. That was the only thing we were waiting on but the only thing that messed up the fight was the fans.”

For years now, several notable names have expressed a concern in a possible matchup between the two. The soon to be 42 year old Pacquiao has been boxing for a quarter century. Former promoter of Pacquiao and the current promoter of Crawford were amongst those waving the stop sign in front of a possible matchup between the pair.

“He doesn’t want to fight Crawford,” said Arum to FightHype during an interview last year. “He didn’t want to fight Crawford when I was promoting him. There’s no disgrace in Pacquiao not fighting Crawford. Pacquiao is not competitive with Crawford. He’s a great fighter still, but he’s not competitive.”

Despite his trepidation for Pacquiao, Arum seemed more willing to help push that fight over the finish line as recently as this year. For Crawford, he doesn't view Pacquiao as someone who would avoid him. With 25 years as a professional boxer coupled with eight division world titles, the future first ballot hall of famer has never shied away from a challenge. Even at the age of 41, Pacquiao has shown that there is still plenty left in the tank.

“Manny is a true champion. He’s never shied away from any challenge at any time. He’s fighting young lions and beat two of them in Broner and Keith Thurman.”

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