TWO EASY FOR LEWIS; Lennox Tells Tyson to Put Up or Shut Up after Botha Win

By Staniforth, Mark | Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England), July 16, 2000 | Go to article overview

TWO EASY FOR LEWIS; Lennox Tells Tyson to Put Up or Shut Up after Botha Win


Staniforth, Mark, Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)


LENNOX Lewis clattered Frans Botha with a smashing right to end his sensational homecoming after just five minutes and 39 seconds at London Arena last night.

What was almost certainly his last punch on British soil was a piercing long right hand which topped a four-punch combination and left Botha reeling helplessly in the ropes.

It was the punch which ensured Lewis would wave goodbye to the country of his birth as the emphatic, indisputable, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

Botha clambered up at eight but was obviously in no fit state to continue with Lewis in such merciless mood. Referee Larry O'Connell called the contest off, and the London Arena celebrated.

It was a simply magnificent home finale for the 34-year-old West Ham-born man as he prepares to return to America and seek out the one remaining man he really wants: Tyson.

If the slowly rusting 'Iron Mike' watched the champion's performance tonight, Lewis need not hold his breath.

For while victory for Lewis had been thoroughly expected, the shockingly clinical manner in which he dispatched the rugged and normally durable South African will have sent a shiver down the sturdiest of his potential opponents' spines. Right from the start Lewis was in his special zone. Towering above his five inches shorter opponent, the champion raised both arms during the final in-ring introductions and looked utterly calm. …

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