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Boxing: Lennox Lewis quashes reports of him making a comeback to the ring at the age of 48

Former unified heavyweight champion retired in 2004

Former unified heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has refuted claims that he will come out of retirement to face one of the Klitschko brothers for $100m (£63m), at the age of 48.

Reports today suggested that Lewis, who retired in 2004, would return to the ring to take on Wladimir, holder of the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, or Vitali, WBC champion who Lewis beat in his last bout in June 2003, but the Briton has since tweeted that this will not be the case.

“A hypothetical answer to a hypothetical question does NOT equal reality. #NoComeback #Rediculous,” Lewis wrote. “I'm not stepping back in the ring but I AM looking for the next crop of new talent!”

He will now put his efforts into working with undiscovered boxing talent.

The Klitschko brothers' manager Bernd Boente, also dismissed reports the Lewis was set for a comeback against one of his fighters.

“That’s absurd, it’s garbage. We don’t give something like that any thought,” Boente said. “I saw him in the Moscow in the ring, he is not fit anymore and has a belly.

“And at 48, he isn’t the youngest anymore.”