Lennox Lewis reveals talks with Mike Tyson over heavyweight rematch are underway and could be confirmed ‘SOON’ – 19 years on after initial clash which he won via an eighth-round KO
- Lennox Lewis, 55, hasn’t fought since beating Vitali Klitchsko in June 2003
- The year before that he knocked out Mike Tyson at the Pyramid Arena, Memphis
- Last November, Tyson returned to the ring after a 15-year absence and shone
- Tyson, 54, impressed during his eight-round exhibition against Roy Jones Jr
Lennox Lewis is in discussions with Mike Tyson over the pair going toe-to-toe again in the ring – 19 years after their first heavyweight showdown.
Tyson, 54, had tongues wagging when he impressed against Roy Jones Jr, 51, in an eight-round exhibition on November 28 – a contest the ended in a draw, although many felt that ‘Iron Mike’ had won.
Tyson has been in talks previously about facing old foe Evander Holyfield, 58, next but according to Lewis they could be about to rekindle their 2002 encounter.
Lennox Lewis (left) has confirmed he is in talks with Mike Tyson over a heavyweight rematch
Tyson impressed against Roy Jones Jr during their eight-round exhibition on November 28
It was the 54-year-old’s first fight in 15 years following his initial retirement in 2005
Speaking on Saturday, while commentating on Andy Ruiz Jr’s return fight on FOX Sports, the 55-year-old admitted there is communication with Tyson’s camp.
He said: ‘Not yet, but soon – maybe. We’re talking.’
Last month, Tyson told TMZ that an autumn clash was on the cards: I’m gonna fight Lennox Lewis. September.’
In the pair’s previous clash, which took place at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee; it was Lewis who emerged victorious – with the Brit knocking out the American in the eighth round to retain his WBC, IBF, IBO, The Ring, and lineal crowns.
Speaking in March, Lewis opened the door to comeback to ring following his official retirement in February 2004 – having last fought in June 2003 when he beat Vitali Klitschko.
The pair have fought once before at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee back in 2002
Tyson suffered an eighth-round knockout loss against Lewis during that heavyweight clash
‘If the public wanted it then we would probably talk.
‘I don’t know. I don’t really have nothing pushing me in the ring right now. People would love to see that fight but I don’t know.’
Lewis is definitely on Tyson’s radar with the American keen to face both he and Holyfield this year as well as current WBC champion Tyson Fury at some point.
‘I want Holyfield and Lewis this year,’ he said on his Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast last month.
‘I also want Fury. If I do that, I’ll say, ‘I’m just gonna live life.’
Lewis has previously admitted interest in taking on the American in an exhibition bout
The British veteran reigned as the undisputed champion during a hugely successful career
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