Lennox Lewis offered $50 million, wants twice that, to fight Klitschko

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis has reportedly been offered $50 million to...

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis has reportedly been offered $50 million to come out of retirement. (QMI Agency file photo)

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, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

Canadian boxer Lennox Lewis, the sport’s last undisputed heavyweight champion, is reportedly in talks to come out of retirement to fight one of the Klitschko brothers.

Lewis, 48, told the Daily Mail he was offered $50 million for the bout. He responded with a counter-offer of $100 million.

“That is my price tag and it is under discussion. I have told them I can be ready in six months and I am in provisional training,” Lewis said.

The payout would be the biggest in boxing history.

Lewis said he’s been training daily in London, England, is under 300 pounds and would be ready to fight in six months.

It is believed the promoters want to set up a rematch between Lewis and 42-year-old Vitali Klitschko — the Canadian won their first meeting in 2003 — but Lewis wants to fight younger brother Wladimir, 37, instead.

Lewis said the last time he considered a comeback, the price tag would have been $50 million, “but now I have to consider the value of my legacy of having retired as undisputed champion. That will cost them $100 million.”

Lewis retired in 2004 with a 42-2-1 record after a 16-year professional career.


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