Boxing: Lewis has learned his lesson

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Lennox Lewis says will not allow Oliver McCall to repeat what he called a "lucky punch" when they meet in a world title rematch.

The British fighter is determined to make amends for the second-round knockout he suffered against McCall in September 1994. "I looked at the tape a couple of days after the fight and I realised Oliver McCall had his eyes closed when he landed that punch [a right to the jaw]," he said. "There's no way he can get lucky again."

Lewis admitted he had contributed to his own downfall. "I committed myself and exposed myself, and he was able to take advantage," he said.

The Lewis-McCall rematch on 7 February at the Las Vegas Hilton will be for the World Boxing Council title that became vacant when Mike Tyson was stripped of it after he chose to fight the World Boxing Association champion Bruce Seldon. Tyson stopped Seldon in the first round, but lost the WBA title when he was stopped in the 11th round by Evander Holyfield. Tyson and Holyfield have a rematch on 3 May at Las Vegas.