Lennox Lewis Says Mike Tyson Showed Him How to Get Away With Fouls

Published 03/28/2021, 1:00 PM EDT


Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis’s rivalry ranked among the biggest in the old boxing era. Both of them were flamboyant stars of the sport in the 1990s, thus cementing their legacies right at the top. However, Tyson and Lewis were on good terms before fighting each other and after their enigmatic contest too.

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Recently, the ‘Lion’ was in a chat with Revolt TV. Here, he unveiled a hilarious anecdote on how ‘Iron’ Mike showed him to get away with fouls.

“We were watching, and he was telling me about these old fighters and how they would box and what they would do. And I realized, wow, I didn’t know about the sweet science, realizing how these guys would. You know, headbutt and punch a guy behind the head and different things they would do in the fight.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Former Heavyweight Champions Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield are honored prior to the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

“He was actually he was actually showing me got away with certain things in a fight, because the referee wasn’t watching but they got away with it,” said Lewis.

Fans will look back at these words and remember certain career instances of Tyson with a smile.

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Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis – the high voltage heavyweight bout

Tyson and Lewis were both in their sheer prime when they fought each other in 2002. Fans and fighters surrounding the world eagerly awaited this fight.

As expected, the pair engaged in an absolute war with each other, but as the fight progressed, the ‘Lion’ seemed to be the dominant force. His extensive reach and power helped him dispatch Tyson in round 8.

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Lewis not just battered his foe, but also adjudged himself as the unified king of the heavyweight roster and walked out with the bragging rights in their feud.

Needless to say, there’s never been a rivalry like Tyson vs Lewis in boxing, and there may never be one.

What is your favorite highlight of both Tyson and Lewis’s illustrious careers?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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