Originally Posted by G Man
If he was fortunate enough to cut Vitali again, maybe.
Lewis was in his prime, he beat Tyson exactly one year previous and boasted to everyone how he is like fine wine and gets better and better.
Fast forward a year and after a humiliating beating which he luckily won on a cut, he suddenly decided he was over the hill, refused a rematch which Vitali richly deserved, then retired like a...I hate to say it about a fighter but he retired like a *****.
TKO 6 is a fact, yes, but the paper result doesn't always tell the full story. Boxing history is awash with bad decisions, fights which were dominated by a fighter but then lost on technicalities, etc etc etc.
TKO 6 is a fact.
Lewis getting his ass kicked then retiring like a ***** is also a fact.
This is why it's discussed a lot on here, this is a boxing discussion forum, and a very relevant topic as one of the fighters is still active.
Everyone accepts the result was TKO 6...all Klit haters now have to do is accept that Lewis was getting outboxed, was almost decked and losing on points, then retired like a *****, then we can all go home.
I'm not a Klit hater, Lewis was losing the fight on the cards, no shame in that, again, he won the fight.
Even if Vitali KO'd Lewis in an alternate universe round 7, Lewis would still be revered as the better fighter head to head in their prime.
Ok, so he boasted he ages like a fine wine after the Tyson win, bearing in mind he just KO'd his nemesis and was on a high, in boxing, you only get judged on what you physically achieved mate. Lewis TKO6.