A second clash with Frank Bruno if he decides to fight on would find no place on the agenda of Lennox Lewis. Panos Eliades, Lewis' promoter, said yesterday: "It does not interest me. What interests me is Lewis-Mike Tyson and Lewis-Riddick Bowe. Lennox does not want Bruno. Bruno's a no- win situation - there would be no credit in Lewis fighting him again.
"Look at the way Bruno's treated Lennox, and the way Lennox treated Bruno when he fought him in 1993. The World Council ruled Bruno should fight Lewis, but he turned his back on him. Why should Lewis give Bruno the chance to participate in another championship fight?
"We want to make sure we get Tyson as the WBC belt is important. I don't think Bruno deserves another chance. That doesn't make sense, although financially it would obviously be a good fight over here."
Lewis-Bruno II would, in any event, be a long way down the road - and Lewis has the none-too-easy task of getting his hands back on the WBC title belt.
Meanwhile, Eliades has received a letter from the WBC reassuring Lewis of a fight for the title he used to hold in September.
Last month, a New Jersey judge, Amos Saunders, decreed the WBC could not sanction another heavyweight title fight unless Lewis is involved.
Lewis makes his next appearance on 10 May against Ray Mercer, the former World Organisation champion, at Madison Square Garden.
"I just want my title back," Lewis said. "It will make me work harder for 10 May knowing the next fight is mine. I believe the British public are behind me 110 per cent."
"Nothing's for sure and I never put my eggs in one basket. I just want to keep busy, get my title back and show I'm the best heavyweight out there."Reuse content