Lennox Lewis vs George Foreman FULL FIGHT WRITE UP

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  1. Boxing_Fan101

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    Lennox Lewis vs George Foreman

    Here we have the master tactician Lennox Lewis colliding head on with a brutal throw bombs first and ask questions later George Foreman. Two big, strong hard hitting Heavies in their primes going head to head. Questions around the fight would include can Foreman land clean on Lewis, would Lewis simply out jab and out box Big George, if Foreman lands can Lennox’s chin hold up. A very intriguing and fascinating fight. When George made his great comeback in the 90’s he specifically avoided a tussle with both Lewis and Bowe and for obvious reasons both fighters hit hard and were in their primes not a good idea to go up against them at over 40 and much slower. A prime Foreman from 1973 would have no issue with stepping in the ring with the Lion and would look to tame him.

    Physically both are specimens with Foreman standing at 6 foot 3.5 inches with Lewis being slightly taller at 6 foot 5 inches. Lennox also has the longer reach by 5 inches and weighs about 25 lbs more on the night a potentially big advantage. Both fighters are superior power punchers and pack some serious dynamite, Foreman hits the harder of the two and is the better finisher. Chin is also in the American’s favour but heart, stamina and ring IQ are all heavily swayed to Lewis. Going into the fight both fighters would have a very distinct strategy Foreman would look to hurt Lewis early and end the fight ideally within 5-6 rounds. Lennox would look to stay behind his jab and use his boxing skills to take the fight into the latter rounds and either secure a comfortable points win or stop a tired Big George. Lennox would have to box the perfect fight and not place one step wrong otherwise it could be lights out he is entering a category 5 hurricane.

    Once the bell rings both fighters come out and touch gloves as a sign of respect, then we are off. A stiff jab from Lewis lands followed by a hard right. Lennox is fully aware of the danger his opponent brings and is boxing very carefully. When up close Lewis ties Goerge up and tries to rough him up however Foreman is the stronger of the two and easily holds his own when up close. A few glancing blows lands for the Lion with a couple of hard shots from George to the body that find their target. Nothing too spectacular but the round goes to Lewis.

    Round two and again Lennox calmly approaches things and stays behind the jab and throws some nice uppercuts when on the inside. George absorbs them but notes he can’t take too many of these punches otherwise he could be the one getting knocked out a grim thought that ignites a fire within him. The round goes to Lewis.

    The bell sounds for the third and this time Foreman has a slight spring in his step, he’s biting on his gum shield extra hard and going hell for leather. He masterfully cuts off the ring and with Lewis in position fires a deadly left hook/jab while walking forward. Lewis is caught completely off guard and before he can react a pulverising overhand right from George sends Lennox crashing to the canvas. Using the ropes to rise the Englishman beats the count and Foreman comes powering in throwing a barrage of shots Lewis holds on trying to see out the round. There’s too much time left and Foreman is in the zone another right to the temple sends Lewis down and he’s struggling, a dazed look in his eyes. He again manages to his feet and the bell sounds. The commentators are suggesting if Lewis doesn’t recover fast this could be the last round.

    Round 4 and an eager George carelessly swings away but Lennox lands a superb right bang on the chin and Foreman is seeing stars another left hook from Lewis and George is now tasting the canvas. What a turn around, the crowd are going wild and the ref’s at 6 but Foreman isn’t done yet he makes the count and nods to Lennox. Lewis has found his legs and is ready for war knowing he can’t withstand too many Foreman bombs he comes in looking to take out his foe. This has become a wild brawl with both putting everything into their punches looking for one big blow to end things. With 30 seconds to go Lewis lands a decapitating right uppercut that sends Foreman flying into the corner Lewis charges in but walks right into a left hook and he’s now staggering. It’s like watching two drunks throwing dukes outside a bar. The crowd are enthralled at such a fast paced exciting fight. Both fighters bravely stay on their feet and manage to hear the bell.

    In between rounds Lewis’s corner are pleading he revert back to the gameplan fight from behind the jab and stop entering exchanges unnecessarily. Lennox comes out trying to establish his jab but Foreman is just too strong and breaks through and lands a 3 punch combination that Lennox is forced to hold on from. Once separated Big George connects with another left hook and this time its one too many and Lewis is hanging on but with two minutes still to go Foreman piles on the pressure and manages to land a thudding left that sends the Lion down again. As he’s battling to his feet the ref’s finally seen enough and waves off the fight. An absolute barn burner with both fighters giving as good as they got.

    Verdict – TKO win to Foreman round 5
     
  2. BoxingFan2002

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    Correct, it would be just like that.
    It would be competitive but short fight, Lennox would claimed after the fight that Foreman is the strongest man he faced and the hardest puncher.
     
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  3. Boxing_Fan101

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    We actually agree on something, glad I didn't block you before
     
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  4. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Philadelphia Full Member

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    While I agree with your outcome I strongly disagree that Lewis has more heart than George. Absolutely incorrect IMO
     
  5. Pat M

    Pat M Active Member Full Member

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    LOL! The myth of 70s Foreman continues, now he's putting together combinations...soon, his fans on this message board will have him levitating to avoid punches...

    "In between rounds Lewis’s corner are pleading he revert back to the gameplan fight from behind the jab and stop entering exchanges unnecessarily. Lennox comes out trying to establish his jab but Foreman is just too strong and breaks through and lands a 3 punch combination that Lennox is forced to hold on from."

    The "fantasy fight" reads like a replay of GF - Lyle, but now GF has great stamina and is a combination puncher? A 3 punch combination? In the 5th round? Did 70s GF EVER throw a combination? When did 70s GF have the stamina to put 3 punches together in the 5th round? I knew without reading the post that whoever wrote this would have GF winning, but if you're going to have him connecting with a jab, cross, hook, in the 5th round you might as well have him levitating to avoid punches. We saw GF in a fight like you are describing with Ron Lyle, a combination or anything similar from GF wasn't happening and especially later in the fight.

    GF should have used some of those fast combos on Jimmy Young, he might have won that one? What a fighter 70s GF was in the minds of his fans.
     
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  6. Barrf

    Barrf Well-Known Member Full Member

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    You're giving old George's heart to young George. Young George was hit and miss there. He showed it against Lyle. Against Ali? I think he got discouraged and beat himself. Same goes for Young.

    I see a contest like this going down to who is seriously hurt first, early on in a round. Lewis could be an absolute killer too, and that side tended to come out when he viewed an opponent as dangerous, which he surely would see George as (see, for example, how little he ****ed around with Ruddock). And Lewis certainly hit no less hard than Lyle, who had no issue hurting George. So there's no real power advantage (that matters) in George's favor -- both could drop the other with a perfect shot, both could KO the other with a perfect combo.

    I sort of like Lewis's chances here. He's got more advantages. Height, reach, hand speed, ring-IQ, technical ability. Oh, and Manny Steward -- don't count this as not a big advantage. Young George had Archie ****ing Moore on his team for his fight against Ali and wouldn't even listen to him in terms of fight plan; meanwhile, Lewis's fight plan would be devised by Steward and would be followed. You don't think Steward would have a plan of a way to exploit those wild haymakers and swings George threw?

    So, I actually think this is Lewis's fight to lose -- which, I mean, he might. If Foreman hurts him early in a round, it's probably over. But if he can avoid that, he's got everything he needs to win. Whatever happened, it would be short and brutal.
     
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  7. Barrf

    Barrf Well-Known Member Full Member

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    There's a bit of a combination of two issues -- nostalgia, and giving 70's Foreman the chin, ring-IQ, and stamina management of 90's Foreman.
     
  8. McGrain

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    :lol:
     
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  9. ikrasevic

    ikrasevic For the honorable cross and the golden freedom Full Member

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    There is a small chance (puncher's chance) that Foreman would have beaten Steward's Lewis in the 70s.
     
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  10. Bigcheese

    Bigcheese Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Lennox was a more complete fighter and has more ways to win so I'd have to favor him. You could however, make a strong case for George winning as well.
     
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  11. Smokin Bert

    Smokin Bert Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Lewis could win this if he fought a perfect fight. But, I don't think he would win. Lennox is pretty good at issuing a beating, but, not so good at taking one. If George gets his good shots in, Lennox is probably toast.
     
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  12. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    First off, Lewis was a fantastic Champ. But even at his best he'd eventually have to take a shot flush from George. I'm not intimating that he'd fall that very 1st time, but Rahman and McCall were not in the same league as prime Foremen and they both pulverized him. I think Lewis would give a clinic for the early rounds, then take a break in the middle. That would be the end. Foreman in 7.
     
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  13. Boxing_Fan101

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    Great discussion so far and I agree Lewis was an incredible champion easily one of the best and a tough nights work for any fighter.

    Even in this fight I favour Foreman it's not by a lot maybe 60/40 really fine margins
     
  14. Journeyman92

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    Great post. I wonder what the forum would think of Ossie Ocasio he did what not even 70s Foreman could accomplish in his novice few fights.
     
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  15. Journeyman92

    Journeyman92 I’m become seeker of milk Full Member

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    I feel as though Foreman would be shut down the same way he was against Ali at his range. All those wide, wide punches but this time he’s the little guy.