Photos: Vitali Klitschko, Lennox Lewis - Face To Face To Reflect

By James Blears

Fifteen years have elapsed since their extraordinary  fight, which Vitali Klitschko dubs, as a small piece of boxing history.

Yet the classic match against WBC Champion Lennox Lewis seems to improve with age, like a vintage port or a fine claret. The seeping hues involved were strikingly similar.


Delegates at the WBC Convention in Kiev, held their breath, as Lennox, somberly donned white boxing gloves.  While Vitali pulled on black.

Then a collective and audible sigh of relief, as the pair of them, decided to swap clusters of humorous, wry, occasionally piquant and slightly barbed references referring to their battle of the Titans.


Punctuated by a hand on the shoulder tongue in cheek observations, Lennox suggested that if Vitali had made some unpleasant comment about his family, following their first fight, then  he just might have been inflamed enough to not have hung up his gloves.

But...Vitali was far too much a gentleman.  Originally supposed to be fighting  Kirk Johnson, until Vitali came up into the frame' Lennox ruefully reflected:  "Never take a fight on sixteen days notice!"

Vitali hotly contests that even a baseball bat couldn't have  knocked him down or out, that night saying: "You know you were so lucky in that fight." To which Lennox laconically countered: "you couldn't finish me with one eye. You needed two."


A wicked right cross from Lennox opened a divot of a cut on Vitali's right eyelid in round three, which worsened.  And the fight was stopped before the seventh.

Dr Paul Wallace who's head of the WBC's Medical Committee was the ring doctor for that night, and wisely suggesting the gash was too severe to repair ringside.  Saving a great fighter to fight on another day.

Lennox joked  to Vitali:  "You could have been mayor and president....but not on that night.  Yet it was my hardest fight!"

Vitali replied: "with heavyweights, just one punch can change everything!"

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Someone88 on 10-05-2018

This is great! Two legends!

Comment by JasonBoxing on 10-03-2018

I will say vitali is an atg based on skillset and h2h abilities alone. He will be a tough fight for anyone

Comment by P4Pdunny on 10-03-2018

gotta watch this fight back

Comment by Blond Beast on 10-02-2018

[QUOTE=petero;19160000]Resume, I can see, Lennox and C. Sanders were the two best he fought. Vitaly would have been 1,2,or 3 in any era. He was way more dominant than Vlad. No one wanted to fight him, 4yr lay off and…

Comment by petero on 10-02-2018

[QUOTE=super-x;19159290]'Your boy' lol. Very true Lewis was old, out of shape and getting beat, behind on all 3 score cards and looked gassed. He got lucky on the night... counted his lucky stars and set of in to the sunset.…

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