Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis (42-2-1, 32KOs) has been happily away from the ring since 2003, when he stopped Vitali Klitschko in the sixth round of a furious heavyweight contest.
Over the years, rumors of Lewis planning a comeback has come up at least a dozen times. Some of those comeback rumors would go viral and circulate all over the world, which in turn would prompt Lewis to make a public statement to deny the information.
If he ever came out of retirement, the 50-year-old would go right after the current world champion – which right now happens to be Tyson Fury, who’s made a series of negative remarks about Lewis over the years. “The first guy that I would fight [if I ever came out of retirement]…maybe..I don’t know…it would have to be maybe the champion. And the champion right now is Tyson Fury, so me and him would be a great fight,” Lewis stated in a video posted by Daily Mail.
Lewis admits that he thinks about coming out of retirement “all the time” but realizes that he could injure his legacy, and place his health at risk, by coming back at his late age.
“[I think about coming back] all the time. The fact that there is so much money to be made in boxing, and I find it easy…but you know I said to myself that when I retired I wanted to retire on top….obviously with all my faculties. Going back into the sport [right now], I might do myself a misjustice. And if I lose, then people will say ‘why did he take it up again.’ So I’m happy with the legacy I’ve left and now it’s up to others to try and conquer [it],” Lewis said.