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Lennox Lewis And Vitali Klitschko Set To Have A Game Of Chess In A Boxing Ring

Lennox Lewis And Vitali Klitschko Set To Have A Game Of Chess In A Boxing Ring

Fight fans; it's happening. Vitali Kitschko and Lennox Lewis are set to finally rematch inside the ring.

But in a chess match instead of a boxing bout.

It's a battle of brains, not brawn.

Klitschko and Lewis have agreed to a rematch, following their classic heavyweight title bout in 2003, in the form of a chess match.

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Lewis celebrates. Image: PA
Lewis celebrates. Image: PA

In October, at the WBC convention, the pair of ex-world champions will pit their skills on a chess board.

"We are going to play a chess match inside a boxing ring. We are too old now to be pulling on the gloves again," Lewis said about the exhibition bout.

"It will be interesting for us to pit our wits against each other rather than our fists."

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Lewis earned a grueling victory over Klitschko in 2003, stopping the Ukrainian in the sixth round due to a gnarly cut.

Vitali's corner attempt to clean up his face. Image: PA
Vitali's corner attempt to clean up his face. Image: PA
Vitali's battered face. Image: PA
Vitali's battered face. Image: PA

Though he was leading on all three judges scorecard before the doctor halted the fight.

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15 years on, they meet again; in a ring, just not punching the living sh*t out of each other.

Meanwhile, Lewis has shared his thoughts on the ongoing saga between current heavyweight kings Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

They failed to agree a unification contest with Joshua and Wilder going back-and-forth, not to mention Eddie Hearn who continues to weigh in on the super-fight.

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And Lewis feels Joshua should order Hearn to make the fight happen.

"There is no question that it is Wilder who wants the fight and it is Wilder who wants to prove that he is the man in this new heavyweight era.

"Go order Eddie Hearn to make the fight with Deontay Wilder. Now is the moment when you must take charge of your own destiny.

"He explained to me all the difficulties he is having with Anthony and Eddie, of how AJ is listening to Hearn.

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"Deontay most definitely wants this fight more than any fight," he added.

C'mon guys, make it happen.

Topics: Boxing News, Anthony Joshua, Boxing, Lennox Lewis, Deontay Wilder

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.