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
Thursday 10 October 2013
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.”
Latest in Sport
Phil Jagielka: I may never win back England place, says Everton defender
Mario Balotelli: Staff at arson-hit Manchester Dogs' Home convinced Liverpool striker is behind five-figure donation
Rio Ferdinand mocks Jamie Carragher's Liverpudlian accent... but Liverpool man hits back at Londoner
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Just like Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United, Gareth Bale says he hopes to return to Tottenham 'one day'
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
£75 - £90 per day + negotiable: Randstad Education Group: Are you a cover supe...
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (CIM, B2B, MS Offi...
£22000 - £25000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful organisation wit...
£1 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Job Purpose To work closely with the he...