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Old 10-08-2012, 05:52 AM   #46
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I'm really hoping Vitali has retired for good now. If he has, he's been fortunate to have went on a bit too long without losing as a result of his loss of power, speed and reactions. Now it's clear how much he's lost since his prime it would be a great time to leave boxing behind forever. I've got a bad feeling he isn't going to though
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:14 AM   #47
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Most people know that Lewis was driven out of boxing by Vitali.
So though he retired and officially finished as a champion, the consensus say's he did not go out on top!
He went out with his belts,his health, millions of dollars in the bank account,his legacy as a HW ATG secured and a win over his nearest challenger fresh in the memory.

If that isnt the best time I dont know what it is!
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:17 AM   #48
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Lewis was not contemplating retirement before the Vitali fight.
Retirement is always mentioned when a fighter is past his mid thirties.
Lewis however did not give a mention that his fight with Kirk Johnson or his replacement Vitali, would be his last.

When just about everyone at ringside had Vitali leading on the card against Lewis, the rematch was being much anticipated by everyone.
Lewis had agreed to it at ringside but not fought again.

The two fighters that Lewis feared at the time because they were his size were Vitali and Wladimir.
Lewis saw the opportunity to grant Vitali a fight after Johnson dropped out because of an injury and he did so only because he knew Vitali would have two weeks to prepare while Lennox had a full training camp.

Vitali on two weeks notice was taking the rounds of Lewis that he was ahead on the scorecards.

What could Vitali do with a full training camp under his belt, Lewis did not want to and did not find out!

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Ahem, BULLSHIT.

Vitali had just as long a training camp as he was training for Boswell on the same night!

Do at least the minor amount of research before you spew your ignorance.

Also, considering the weight of Lewis for the fight,its arguable how much training he did AT ALL!
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:32 AM   #49
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Hearns came back after 5 years out to retire on a string of wins.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:46 AM   #50
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Hagler and Lennox were the names that immediately came to mind for me.
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