By Geoffrey Ciani: The mid-1990s was one of the most interesting and mysterious periods in the history of gravity.
The end of 1995 was a special time. Frank Bruno holds the WBC title, Bruce Seldon holds the WBA title, the IBF belt is vacant, and Big George Foreman still has a claim to the world heavyweight championship.
Meanwhile, the people who are often considered to be the heaviest in the world at that time were a quartet of former champions, including Riddick Bowe and Lennox Lewis, as well as Michael Moorer and Evander Holyfield. Adding more excitement to an amazing heavyweight scene is the fact that Iron Mike Tyson is back, after having fought 2 fights in 1995 – the first since he was released from prison, and his first fight in more than 4 years.
In 1996, Mike Tyson defeated Frank Bruno to become the new WBC heavyweight champion, marking Iron Mike as a two-time heavyweight champion. At that time Lennox Lewis was the mandatory #1 contender. And this is where the interesting step agreement begins.
Why did Mike Tyson pay Lennox Lewis $4 million in a fight back in 1996? Most boxing fans are aware that Lennox got a payday for letting Tyson face WBA champion Bruce Seldon in September ’96. But then Tyson gave up the WBC belt almost immediately after this fight. So why did Mike Tyson pay Lennox Lewis $4 million to step aside if he was just going to drop the WBC belt right away?
This edition of Rummy’s Corner will attempt to answer that question while providing some relevant information that guides the popular side deals. Please watch the video and enjoy one person’s opinion. This is Rummy’s Corner (produced and narrated by Geoffrey Ciani).