Boxing: Lewis puts on fight for his old title

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Lennox Lewis took only a five-day break from boxing before emerging yesterday as the promoter of the fight between South Africa's Corrie Sanders and Ukraine's Vitali Klitschko for the vacant World Boxing Council heavyweight title in April.

Last Friday, Lewis relinquished the WBC belt when he quit the sport and after a weekend celebrating the end of his illustrious career it was back to business yesterday pushing his fighter Sanders in a fight against his old foe Klitschko for the belt Lewis first won in 1993.

Sanders is only four months younger than Lewis but he has had a relatively easy last four or five years, and has not fought since knocking out Vitali's younger brother, Wladimir, last March to win the World Boxing Organisation heavyweight title. He planned to defend the WBO belt but the money on offer was not enough and when his friend and promoter Lewis walked away from the ring, the chance to fight for the WBC belt arose.

When Sanders and Klitschko fight, it is unlikely that it will last more than a few rounds because 28 of Klitschko's 33 wins and 30 of Sanders' 37 have come inside six rounds.