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Old 01-29-2010, 02:39 AM #21
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IS it just cuz he got knocked out by 2 average fighters??
That is a major part of it. He was primarily successful because of his height. If he had been three inches shorter, he would have been nothing more than a journeyman in the vein of Ray Austin and would have been knocked out by Mike Tyson.
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:15 AM #22
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Lewis is a great fighter. But he allways faught contenders who were over the top. Tyson, Holyfield,Morrison, Bruno, Tucker...He was in big trouble against many of the.

Mercer wereoutjabbing him, Bruno was ahead when he was KO, Klitscko was ahead on all cards, Briggs almost knocked him out, and the cocaine wreck Tony Tucker went the distance and even gave him som trouble.

and then off course he was knocked out by Mccall and Rahman, in fights he definetly in trouble.

He had fantastic wins over Ruddock and Golota and he allways found a way out of trouble.

He never faught Moorer, Foreman and most important Riddick Bowe (he said Bowe ducked him wich isnt exactuly true, since Bowe signed to fight him in 95, but hes loss to mccall canselled it).

Hes great, but not in top 10 if u ask me.
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:26 AM #23
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I'd have him just inside the top 10 or just outside of it. I think though that the reason he gets so much hate is because he is British, and god forbid a British fighter ever becomes an ATG.
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:28 AM #24
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That is a major part of it. He was primarily successful because of his height. If he had been three inches shorter, he would have been nothing more than a journeyman in the vein of Ray Austin and would have been knocked out by Mike Tyson.
Tye Fields is 6'8, 2 inches taller than Lennox Lewis. Yet look at him.

Lennox Lewis was an ATG, height has nothing to do with it.
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not bad if he's not included in the top-10 to some...if gets to be somewhere placed at 11th or 12th.. the guy is great.. as well as many other heavies..
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:24 AM #26
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Actually people do.

You can not leave him out of atleast the trop 15, but he is in most people's top 10.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:12 AM #27
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He diddnt turn down an offer from Bowe in 1995. They both agreed to fight, but Lennox lost hes title to McCall and the fight was cancelled. Cant blame him, but dont say Bowe diddnt want to fight him.
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:26 AM #28
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IS it just cuz he got knocked out by 2 average fighters??


were they even average?
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:01 PM #29
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Lewis took this route:

1992 - deliberately priced himself out of a fight with undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Riddick Bowe.

1993 - Lewis fights Class C fighters rather than the best in the division.

1994 - Lewis gets poleaxed in less than 2rds by Mike Tyson sparring partner/journeyman Oliver McCall..

1995 - Lewis turns down $10 million to fight Riddick Bowe.

1996 - Lewis turns down career highest payday of $15 million and gauranteed shot at the title by accepting meagre $3 million step-a-side money from Mike Tyson so that Tyson can win 2nd belt from Bruce Seldon.

1997 - Lewis wins vacant WBC title in farsical rematch with McCall who is only days out of Drug-Rehab...

1998 - Lewis wins liner title from Shannon Briggs.

1999 - Lewis agrees to face a Class A opponent for 1st time in his career by fighting Evander Holyfield who many feel is past his best.. Fight declared a draw with most feeling Lewis was the worthy winner, immediate rematch ordered..
1999 - Lewis vs Holyfield rematch goes the full 12rds with Lewis declared the winner yet most at ringside feeling Holyfield was the clear winner..

2000 - Lewis refuses to fight the No1 contender John Ruiz so is stripped of the WBA Title.. Lewis continues to fight Class C opponents.

2001 - Lewis gets poleaxed by mediocre journeyman Hasim Rahman and takes Rahman to court for immediate rematch..Lewis wins titles back in return fight.

2002 - Lewis stripped of IBF Title for refusing to fight No1 contender..Lewis fights Mike Tyson for career highest purse, Tyson only shell of the fighter he was a decade or more ago.

2003 - Lewis looks overweight and lethargic in fortunately beating late substitute Vitali Klitschko in epic battle..Klitschko demands rematch.

2004 - Lewis announces retirement days before he is to be stripped of final belt for refusing to fight rematch with Vitali Klitschko.
Nice boxrec here dude.

Lewis turned down $20M payday to rematch Vitaly. Vitaly was ahead on the scorecards when the fight was stopped due to cut.
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Tye Fields is 6'8, 2 inches taller than Lennox Lewis. Yet look at him.

Lennox Lewis was an ATG, height has nothing to do with it.
Lewis is 6'5" not 6'6".

And you cannot dismiss Lewis height advantage against his smaller opponents. That's why it's called HEIGHT ADVANTAGE.
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