Lennox Lewis to be honored at Friar’s Club roast
They will be in the same room on Friday but punches won’t be flying…instead quips and humorous anecdotes will be flying fast and furious at the famed and fabled Friars Club in Manhattan.
That club which honors humorists over the ages will welcome former foes Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson into their lair, to honor the Brit Lewis, a former heavyweight ace who entered the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009.
Lewis, age 50, less often gets asked if and when he’s making a ring comeback. His last tango came in 2003 and he did well to resist any temptation that might have arisen to try and prove the power of Father Time can’t touch him as it does a lesser being. His record, now and forever, stands at 41-2-1 (32 knockouts).
He was in NYC Thursday, at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan, for a presser hyping the Saturday fight card, awash in heavyweights, topped by the Alabama slammer and WBC boss Deontay Wilder. Lewis, who grew up in Canada, told the press that Wilder has repped that WBC belt, which Lewis held in fine fashion, and reported that the heavyweight division has awakened from a slumber period.
The event at the Friars, put together by Lou DiBella, the promoter of the Wilder-topped slate, and legendary publicist Jules Feiler, boasts a roster of magnificent quipsters.
Lewis, still revered as the last undisputed heavyweight champion, spoke about the Friars honor and getting together with Tyson, who he KO’ed in a 2002 scrap: “The fight, that was a very long time ago. You put all that behind youÔÇªI’m glad to see Mike Tyson is doing well. I am looking forward to seeing him. I thank the Friars Club for the honor. It should be great fun.”
Tickets are all taken, so I will try and get some of the best (clean) jokes from the night and post them.
This friggin’ guy here, Michael Woods. Of course he’s gonna post all the clean jokes! He’s keeping all the blue material for himself, the dirty so-and-so!