Originally Posted by infini_IV
Arr i believe i asked that same question first, why couldnt Lewis put down a unprepared Vitali with what lewis fans describe as "face vag" says more about lewis
That would be a combination of the fact that Lewis was old and almost-shot while Vitali is well known for having a strong chin and for being durable.
Lewis, on the other hand, is well known for having a suspect chin and being easy to KO when caught unprepared. So the question of "why couldn't Vitali even knock him down?" is a more relevant one.
Vitali was more motivated for the fight than Lewis was, was a more active fighter than Lewis was, was younger, fitter and hungrier than Lewis was. This is shown by Vitali's dominance of the early rounds, but even this superior mindset to Lewis, even with this early dominance, even with this greater level physical fitness he failed to even knock down Lewis once.
McCall and Rahman had taken advantage of Lewis having his eye off the ball, of Lewis overlooking them and coming into the fight ill-prepared, Vitali failed to do that. And that's not what you would expect from someone with the KO ratio that Vitali has. With that KO ratio you would expect him to be a great finisher, you would expect him to beat a half-hearted almost-shot Lewis, but he didn't.
So again, what was his excuse for failing to knock Lewis off his feet?