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Lennox Lewis Admits He Almost Slapped Riddick Bowe Last Year

Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has a good relationship with his past opponents.

He gets along with everyone from Vitali Klitschko to Mike Tyson to Evander Holyfield.

But the only past opponent that he doesn't get along with to this day, is another former undisputed champion, Riddick Bowe.

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Their rivalry began in the 1988 Olympics, where Lewis stopped Bowe in the final round to capture the gold medal.

In 1992, when the two boxers were top pros, Lewis became the mandatory challenger to Bowe's WBC world title. After the sanctioning body applied pressure on Bowe to take part in the fight, he held the infamous press conference where he dumped the WBC championship belt into a trash can and relinquished it to show his displeasure with the WBC.

Now in their 50s, the rivalry has not died down.

Bowe is still holding a deep grudge against Lewis.

“Me and Lennox have a policy,” Bowe said last year. “If he keeps my name out of his mouth, I’ll keep my foot out of his ass.”

The two fighters came face to face, during the official weigh-in for last December's heavyweight clash between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, which took place in Los Angeles.

The event coordinators attempted to position the two boxers next to each other - when some heated words broke out and they had to be separated.

“The only [past opponent] I actually almost slapped would be Riddick Bowe,” Lewis told Complex. “Everybody else, from Mike Tyson to the Klitschko brothers, we are all friends. We are brothers in arms. We understand that was then and this is now.

“Riddick Bowe has been saying a lot of stuff about me, and then, all of a sudden, he wanted to come stand beside me. And I’m like, ‘Dude, you can’t stand beside me.’ Simple as that. And there were a couple of more words than that. It wasn’t going to go off."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by istt on 05-23-2019

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;19764184]Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has a good relationship with his past opponents. He gets along with everyone from Vitali Klitschko to Mike Tyson to Evander Holyfield. But the only past opponent that he doesn't get along with to…

Comment by slimPickings on 05-23-2019

Today Bowe is a very sad and pathetic sight.

Comment by miron_lang on 05-22-2019

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;19765621]Would that be the same George who said he didn't want anything to do with Lewis and said he didn't need that in his life as he was too big and dangerous?[/QUOTE] Yeah i also heard that. not sure if…

Comment by miron_lang on 05-22-2019

[QUOTE=Boxingfanatic75;19764313]Big George was old but not too old. Lennox first held the WBC between 92-94 and defended it 3 times. In 94 Big George won the WBA, IBF and Lineal titles. George went on to defend these titles from 94…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 05-22-2019

[QUOTE=Boxingfanatic75;19764313]Big George was old but not too old. Lennox first held the WBC between 92-94 and defended it 3 times. In 94 Big George won the WBA, IBF and Lineal titles. George went on to defend these titles from 94…

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