By Ken Hisner: Thanks to the readers of boksinnews24, I realized that Lennox “The Lion” Lewis did not retire to avoid another meeting with Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko, who was at the top of their game when he was cut, caused his loss.
One reader said, “Lennox Lewis is out of shape,” and he knows it’s time to retire. If there are boxers like this in every division, especially the heavyweights, why didn’t Muhammad “The Great” Ali retire when his teammate Ferdie Pacheco said after Ali faced “Neon” Leon Spinks that he did and Ali should. Retirement is being done?
Ali whom I saw at Dear Lake training camp in Pennsylvania less than an hour from where I live, asked him, “why are you taking this fight (knowing Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes will win it) in shape What are you pregnant?” His stomach was bigger than mine. He cupped it and said, “I like my ice cream!” I added, “You and Max Baer have the best chemistry of most heavyweight champions!” He was only when Ali was stopped in his sixty-first fight.
Holmes has long claimed that “Iron” Mike Tyson destroyed him. Holmes ended his career by putting a famous fighter in Eric “Butterbean” Esch for ten rounds, but Esch scored in the tenth and final round, even if there was doubt. Holmes thought he would stop a four-round fighter known as “Butterbean” if he went ten, but he was too far with Holmes.
Joe “The Brown Bomber” Louis, after losing his title to Ezzard Charles in 1950, would go on to win eight bouts with mostly non-contestants and was beaten by Rocky Marciano, ending his great career in 1950. 1951!
James “The Boilermaker” J Jeffries was talented enough to retire at 19-0-2 in 1904 but returned in 1910 only to lose another 100 pounds to Jack “Galveston Giant” Johnson. He embarrassed even his pastor, who he said, “we have cowards among us,” hoping that the white man Jeffries would win over the first black man in Johnson.
I could go on and on, and I know our sharp readers will come up with many more that have been around for a long time!