10: Lewis’ greatest victories
A weekly boxing list compiled by Michael Rosenthal. This week: The 10 greatest victories in the career of Lennox Lewis, who is being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame next week.
1. Mike Tyson, KO 8, 2002: This wasn’t Lewis’ most-difficult fight but his destruction of a boxing icon in an enormous event lifted him to new level.
2. Evander Holyfield, UD 12, 1999: Bounced back from a draw with his greatest opponent to outpoint him in the rematch.
3. Hasim Rahman, KO 4, 2001: Let his guard down in their first meeting but left doubt whatsoever who was superior in the rematch.
4. Ray Mercer, MD 10, 1996: Proved to his doubters that he had plenty of courage by standing toe-to-toe and winning a taxing war.
5. Oliver McCall, TKO 5, 1997: Rebounded from his only other loss by bringing a fragile McCall to tears.
6. Frank Bruno, TKO 7, 1993: Proved beyond doubt that he, not Bruno was the king of British boxing.
7. Andrew Golota, KO 1, 1997: Many expected a war between the giants but the Pole was put away in 1:35 into the fight.
8. Vitali Klitschko, TKO 6, 2003: Showed courage by accepting the tough Klitschko as a late replacement and had to dig deep.
9. Michael Grant, KO 2, 2000: Grant, undefeated going into the fight, was revealed to be a heavyweight pretender in a much-hyped fight.
10. Tony Tucker, UD 12, 1993: Easily outpointed a good heavyweight in the first defense of his first world title, the WBC version, which was handed to him after Riddick Bowe vacated.
Note: This list doesn’t necessarily reflect the opinion of THE RING magazine or RingTV.com
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