Boxing: Floored: 'The Baddest Man on the Planet'
Monday 10 June 2002
Lennox Lewis offered his knock-out victory over Mike Tyson in the small hours of yesterday morning as a jubilee gift to the Queen. It was a brutal business, this public battering of the convicted rapist who once claimed to be the Baddest Man on the Planet, and it might not be totally compatible with Her Majesty's most refined taste.
But it did elevate Lewis, who was born in east London, raised in Canada, lives in America and spends much of his time in his mother's native Jamaica and was already the reigning world heavyweight champion, to boxing's version of the monarchy.
Even Tyson, floored in the eight round, was gracious: "Lennox was masterful," he said. "I'm just happy he didn't kill me."
He was harsher on himself though: "Don't worry about me, I'm a street man and I'm probably heading for oblivion."
Latest in Sport
Karim Benzema to Arsenal: Real Madrid striker fuels speculation he will join Gunners with cryptic Instagram post
Chelsea vs Barcelona: what channel is it on and how can I watch it?
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Arsene Wenger hits back over Jose Mourinho's claims 'buying success' ahead of Community Shield
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool – highest and lowest transfer spenders revealed
Outraged Vietnamese fan burns Manchester City tickets after being snubbed by Raheem Sterling, Samir Nasri and others
- 1 Dentist who illegally killed Cecil the lion blames local guides for the scandal
- 2 Kate Winslet thanked 'particularly horrible' girl who bullied her at school after Titanic success
- 3 Norwich paedophile ring: Woman at centre of gang who made children 'sexual play things' guilty of 23 offences
- 4 Black and ethnic minority people twice as likely to be hit by Tory cuts than white people, report finds
- 5 Walter Palmer: American dentist revealed as the killer of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
The last thing Labour needs is a leader like Jeremy Corbyn who people want to vote for
I am the Jeremy Corbyn supporter that many will tell you doesn't exist
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
£25k plus Benefits: Guru Careers: A Carpenter and Maintenance Operator is need...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Fabric Inspector is required to join an awar...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Facilities & Project Manager ...
£30000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...