Lennox Lewis Will "Beat Up Bowe For Free"

William CooperCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2008

Since his retirement in 2006, former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis has faced constant questions about a comeback and has always laughed them off.


Recently however, Lewis was stirred by comments from another former Heavyweight champion, Riddick Bowe.


Bowe, who has been pretty low-profile over the last five years, is readying a comeback of his own—he will step into the ring on the Wladimir Klitschko v. Hasim Rahman undercard.


Bowe has “called out” Lewis to finally fight him. After the shenanigans that ensued over 15 years ago (Bowe, the WBC Heavyweight Champion at the time, dropped the title belt into the trash rather than face mandatory challenger Lewis) left Lewis to single-handedly salvage the Heavyweight division.


Lewis recently spoke to ESPN regarding Bowe's comments: "He waits until I am in retirement to call out my name." Obviously the Briton, is still riled by his rivalry with Bowe, adding: "I will come out of retirement to beat up that guy. I'll beat him up for free."


Current Heavyweight Champion, Vitali Klitschko, has spent almost three years trying to entice Lewis out of retirement, and into a return match. Klitschko's last loss came against Lewis in their first, and only, contest. The bout ended with a fifth-round stoppage due to a cut.


At 43 years old, it seems unlikely that Lewis will ever come out of retirement and grant Klitschko his wish. Lewis is financially secure and enjoying family life, not even a rumoured $40 million offer to get back in the ring with the Ukrainian drew him back to the sport.