Heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis this week kept the door open to returning to the ring for an exhibition bout – just shy of 20 years since his last foray into a professional ring.
When asked by SecondsOut if he would consider putting the gloves back on again in a less intense capacity, the former undisputed world champion refused to rule anything out.
“If it’s the right situation, I’m always there for giggles.”
British fans saw another one of their legends return for an exhibition contest earlier this month when Ricky Hatton laced up the gloves against Marco Antonio Barrera at the AO Arena in Manchester.
Roy Jones Jr and former Lewis opponent Mike Tyson had done the same in 2020, whilst former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather has participated in a host of exhibition fights against a variety of opponents since his retirement, most recently against YouTuber and KSI’s brother Deji.
Lewis is widely regarded as one of the greatest heavyweights in the sport’s history and was the last man to hold the status of undisputed champion in the blue ribbon division.
John Fury of all people has repeatedly called out the now 57-year-old for a dust up, although, judging by the manner in which the Fury family patriarch done so, it is unlikely he would be in the mood for a casual exhibition.
Lewis’ immense resume has always saw him regarded as the consensus number one British heavyweight of all time, although Tyson Fury will hope to stake a claim to that title if he can secure an undisputed clash with mercurial Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in the first half of 2023.
‘The Gypsy King’ will have to come through his trilogy fight with Derek Chisora this weekend, however, before any such discussions can be had.