Originally Posted by polarcub
The one thing I admired most about Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis in all their interviews is that neither one
EVERY MADE ANY EXCUSES. EVER.
The difference is Mike had 10x the fan support compared to Lennox and had people made excuses for Mike.
Lennox Mike and Evander were like if you had 3 kids, and you loved the youngest you love the oldest, the middle is your best by far but you don't care about the middle child.
It's surreal the amount of **** and disrespect Lennox got during his era but he still managed to lead the best life out of the 3. Ya Lennox sound arrogant and conceited at times during his interviews, but honestly so will you if you had to eat a whole decade of bull**** like he did.
People don't even know the small details that made lennox great.
Who the hell is gary mason? You ask?
well ONLY the undefeated EURO CHAMP during Lennox's early days, Mason was feared by all of Europe and was in talks of becoming Mike Tyson's next opponent. Lennox only had like 14 fights heading into Gary Mason and everyone counted him out. They were like no way a green kid like Lennox will beat this undefeated beast.
Lennox went into a war against Mason and knocked him out.
Lennox's fights were exciting as hell, just that nobody even talk about it
the way they do Tysons
After he got pole axed by MCCall. He was put into a title eliminator against Lionel Butler.
Now this Lionel guy was a ****ing thug. Not a fake thug like Tyson who I felt did it for the media, but a real thug. He was connected to every big drug ring and street gang in at least a dozen cities. He was a known drug dealer and made heavy threats to Lennox and his familiy. He came into that fight with zero fear because he was high on crack obviously and Lennox had to beat him down like a rabid dog. That showed a lot of heart and character on Lennox's Part.
Mason detached his retina in that fight an injury that he also suffered from in the fight before.