It sounds like Mike Tyson, and Lennox Lewis will fight again if we are to believe Tyson. In 2002, the boxers met when Lewis, now 55, outclassed Tyson, now 54, stopping Tyson in round 8. Years later, Tyson admitted that he didn’t train for the Lewis fight because of his heavy drug addiction.
While the Tyson-Lewis fight wasn’t memorable, the buildup was entertaining somewhat given Tyson’s theatrics; Tyson insulted Lewis by saying he wanted to rip his heart out and eat his kids. If that didn’t rattle Lewis, when the boxers met face-to-face for the customary stare down to announce the fight, Tyson got Lewis’ full attention when he tossed off his hat and charged toward Lewis aggressively; in response, Lewis took a swing before each boxers’ team members joined in and chaos erupted.
After the melee, Tyson (who later admitted he was under the influence of drugs that day) verbally attacked reporters by using foul language and saying that he wanted to sexually assault them. Lewis later said Tyson bit him on the leg during the brawl. For those who remember (not that anyone would), in 1997, Tyson’s rematch with Evander Holyfield, Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear twice and was disqualified.
As for the possible Tyson-Lewis rematch, Tyson told TMZ that he expects the fight to occur sometime in September, although he did not give a specific date. Lewis, however, has yet to confirm that the fight will happen.
Tyson (50-6 with 44 knockouts) fought in November of last year against Roy Jones Jr. in an eight-round exhibition that was called a draw—although Tyson deserved the win.
As for Lewis, his last fight was in 2003 when he retired with a 44-2-1 with 32 knockout record. When Tyson fought Jones, it sold more than 1.6 million pay-per-view buys priced at $49.49. It was rumored that the fight generated more than $80 million in pay-per-view revenue. When Tyson fought Holyfield in their rematch, it grossed $100.2 million. And when Tyson fought Lewis, it grossed $112 million.