Originally Posted by JAB5239
First off let me start by saying Vitaly is a very good fighter, a h2h test for any heavyweight in history. But the fact is he was sucking wind against a fat, tired and unmotivated Lewis who had been knocked cold just two years before, and while he was ahead before the stoppage Lewis was closing the gap and rocking him. So other than his heart, which should be acknowledged.
The portion of your post that I quoted pretty much sums up my opinion in this matter. I really like Vitali (for that matter his brother as well) and love to see him fight. I think he is the better of the 2 brothers and a fine example of what a heavyweight champ ought to be. Hell, he's even a great role model for the youngsters, but Lewis beat him fair and square and that was a Lewis who had obviously underestimated his foe. A rematch with a prepared Lewis would have likely been a lopsided affair.