KO Of The Day: Lennox Lewis Whacks Mike Tyson With Big Right-Hook
It's June 2002. The scene is Memphis, Tennessee. The biggest fight in boxing. The pay-per-view garnered a whopping 1,970,000 buys generating $106.9 million - a then-record breaking figure. Lennox Lewis was defending his WBC, IBF, IBO and Ring magazine titles against Mike Tyson who was fighting for world honours for the first time in five years.
The fight was originally scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. But licensing problems prevented Tyson from fighting in the state. Billed as 'It's On', the anticipation of the fight reached fever pitch from the pre-fight antics. Tyson ramped up the tension between the boxers by saying; "I want your heart, I want to eat your children." Scary shit!
What's more, during a pre-fight presser both Lewis' and Tyson's camp were embroiled in a wild brawl. Tyson walked towards Lewis before a bodyguard attempted to intervene until Tyson threw a left-hook. Luckily for him, he didn't connect. But that didn't stop from chaos ensuing with their entourages going bat-shit crazy including Tyson biting Lewis' leg! The ugly scenes only hyped the eagerly-anticipated fight.
(Lewis and Tyson brawl at the New York pre-fight presser)
If that wasn't crazy enough, Tyson went on a profanity-laced tirade towards the members of the press while directing abuse at a particular journalist claiming he would "fuck you till you love me." More scary shit!
(A line of security separate Tyson from Lewis in the ring before their heavyweight championship fight)
The bout years in the making showcased a Lewis domination. 'Iron' Mike was unable to land his patented leaping left-hook with the Brit starting to take command by connecting several jabs and uppercuts which were gradually taking it's toll.
A tired and sluggish Tyson became apparent. Sporting cuts and swelling across his face. Then round eight. Lewis pawed with a jab followed by a stinging right-hook flooring his foe.