Lennox Lewis says interest in Haye-Chisora highlights poor state of boxing


Lennox Lewis was a truly great prizefighter.

Despite 20,000 tickets being sold in 48 hours, International Boxing Hall of Famer Lenox Lewis told ESPN.com Thursday that the July 14 bout pitting David “The Hayemaker” Haye against Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora is in “poor taste.”

Chisora (15-3, 10 KOs) was suspended indefinitely in March by the WBC because of his string of barbaric actions and the briefly-retired Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) does not possess a British Boxing Board of Control license.

Hence, the fight has been sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation and will occur at the Boleyn Ground in West Ham, London.

“We are going through a disciplinary process right now and the British Boxing Board of Control is handling that,” said Lewis, 46, the first and only world heavyweight titleholder to hail from Britain in the 20th century. “Should they be allowed to fight? Sure – but only when the time is right, when the disciplinary process has run its course. I don’t think there can ever be justification for going behind the British board’s back.”

Lewis (41-2-1, 32 KOs), who captured a gold medal as a heavyweight at the 1988 Olympic Games, said the anticipation for the prizefight highlights the decrepit state of the heavyweight division.

“We’re waiting for that next superstar to shine,” said Lewis, who won the heavyweight title on three occasions and avenged both of his two losses as a professional. “I don’t think there are any decent heavyweights coming through in America because most of the big guys there are doing other sports and different things.”

Hopefully, boxing fans aren’t actually “waiting for that next superstar to shine” as a heavyweight.

Unfortunately for pugilism, nowadays potential heavyweight forces “are doing other sports and different things.”

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