Former undisputed heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis, who announced his retirement in early 2004 and is now 48 years old, is not coming back, is not in talks for a fight with one of the Klitschko brothers and never received an offer for such a fight.
But that didn’t stop several members of the breathless British media from running wild this week with their “world exclusive” that England’s Lewis had been offered $50 million by an unidentified investor to come out of retirement to face either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko in a heavyweight title fight, but that Lewis demanded $100 million for such a fight.
In reality, Lewis attended champion Wladimir Klitschko’s one-sided title defense against Alexander Povetkin in Moscow last week, where he was asked about fighting a Klitschko. Lewis, of course, retired following his 2003 cut-induced TKO win against Vitali Klitschko and there was speculation about a rematch.
Lewis said the comments he gave to British media members were based strictly on hypotheticals, even though the articles neglected to point that out, making it look as if Lewis was seriously considering a comeback and that talks for a Klitschko fight were taking place.
“I was asked a hypothetical question and gave a hypothetical answer,” Lewis told ESPN.com. “There are no negotiations with the Klitchkos. As I've always said, $100 million and I'll get out of my PJs, knowing it would never happen.
“But if the money was real and on the table, I'm all ears. I did say $50 million is not enough to put my legacy on the line, but all this was under cover of a hypothetical comeback. [There is] nothing in the works.”