Thursday, 10 October 2013

Lennox Lewis Comeback - Is it worth it?

By Jack Price @PriceyJ97

Surely just a joke?
Twitter has blown up this morning with the news that British heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis could potentially make a comeback to fight current heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO world titles.

What started as a seemingly joke of a statement from Lewis saying he would "take off his pyjamas" for $50million and make a comeback against Wlad for $100m, has now turned into a hot topic with boxing fans in the media & social networks giving their thoughts on the situation all morning.

The question everybody is asking, if it is true (I doubt it is), is 'is it really worth it?'

$100 million is a lot of money. Its a life-changing amount for any fighter, but does Lewis want to risk tarnishing his incredible legacy? He is one of the only world stars of recent times that has called it a day at the right time. He's a smart man and he didn't fight on too long, knowing that it would fade away the image of the incredible fighter he once was.

Now at 48, after 10 years out of the ring, if it does go incredibly wrong.. He will be remembered as the fighter that made the 'failed $100 million comeback' instead of the man that was a unified world champ, all-time great and arguably Britain's greatest ever.

There are some I'm sure that would give the British-Canadian a chance against Klitschko even now, and he is probably still more deserving than some of the guys the Ukrainian has taken on recently, but it would be a MASSIVE ask for him. His timing, speed & conditioning will have dipped no matter how hard he trains. At 48-years old you just can't do what you once could. Father time takes its toll on even the greatest fighters.

So to sum it all up, I don't think Lennox Lewis should make a return to the ring. I, a long with ever British boxing fan out there, would support him 100% if he did, but its not a wise thing to do. Maybe he needs the money, so we can't blame or ridicule him if he does. But if he's happy with his life and career right now, why change it?

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