Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We'll See It's a Mismatch in 45 Seconds, Says Steward

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We'll See It's a Mismatch in 45 Seconds, Says Steward

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THE fight between Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson that has been six years in the planning could effectively be over in less than a minute.

That was the extraordinary claim made today by Emanuel Steward, one of the most respected trainers in boxing and the man who believes that Lewis will claim a career-defining victory in Memphis on 8 June.

Steward, the tactical mastermind who plotted Lewis's rise to become Britain's first undisputed world heavyweight champion in more than a century, insisted: "It is going to be a total mismatch after the first 45 seconds or so.

"I don't think this fight is going to go four rounds. Mike Tyson is going to come out to attack Lennox with more intensity and viciousness than Lennox has ever faced. But it is not going to be enough.

"Mike is going to come out giving his all, but Lennox has too much for him.

It is the old saying - a good big man will beat a good little man, particularly if the big man is at the prime of his career.

"That is going to be the difference, and I don't care if it is boxing or standing toe-to-toe. Lennox is too powerful and too good."

At 6ft 5ins, London-born Lewis will tower over his notorious American rival by seven inches, and he will enjoy a reach advantage of 15 inches.

During a break at the training camp he has set up here at the Caesars Brookdale Resort 100 miles west of New York, 36-year-old Lewis said: "The only thing Tyson can do is come straight for me.

"His people are going to tell him to get inside. But the most technically gifted boxer in the world, Evander Holyfield, couldn't get in to me so I can't see how Tyson can.

"What Tyson is going to bring to me I've already seen. Many have tried it and none of them has been successful. Tyson won't be successful."

Lewis won the undisputed championship with a 12-round decision against Holyfield in November 1999. …

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