Boxing KO of the Day: Lennox Lewis Gets His Revenge Against Hasim Rahman

Josuee HernandezContributor IIIAugust 30, 2011

Vengeance is sweet.

In 2001, Lennox Lewis was at the top of his game. He was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, simultaneously holding the WBC, IBF and IBO belts, and looking unstoppable in defending them.

When the time came to fight middle-of-the-road contender Hasim Rahman in South Africa, Lewis thought he would breeze through the overmatched American. Instead, Rahman knocked out Lewis in one of boxing's biggest upsets of the decade.

The fight is notable for Lewis' performance. He is literally smiling at his opponent one second, then is completely laid out the next. When he finally stood up, he'd long since been counted and was left to ask "What happened?"

It was a humbling experience, to say the least. Lewis did not take Rahman lightly the second time around.

Lewis controlled the rematch with his jab and was easily winning rounds on the judges' scorecards. Everyone knew, however, that only a knockout could completely redeem Lewis. It didn't take long for "The Lion" to satisfy his audience and defeat the last man who would ever beat him.

At the 1:15 mark, Lewis delivers one of the greatest left-right combinations of all time. Using his impressive reach advantage over Rahman, he sneaks in a left hook that stuns Rahman and conceivably leaves him out on his feet.

We'll never know if the left hook was enough, because the right hook followed so fast it made the audience dizzy. Rahman was flat on his back, seeing stars. He would try to stand, but couldn't beat the count and the referee stopped the fight.

Lennox Lewis would only fight a handful of times after this bout, but it is arguably his most satisfying knockout that spans a career of 44 boxing matches.