Vitali Klitschko, the host of this years WBC Convention in Kiev, will once again go face-to-face with Lennox Lewis in an exhibition rematch of their 2003 fight, according to reports in Ukraine.
Klitschko, now the Mayor of Kiev, has been asked to take control of proceedings from September 30 to October 5 as the WBC Family descends on his city for the gathering.
‘Dr. Ironfist’ lost to the British former undisputed king 15 years ago on United States soil in what turned out to be Lewis’ final fight before retirement.
The pair will now share a ring in the second fight Vitali always wanted and recently lifted the lid on why it never happened.
“Yes of course. Lennox Lewis after the fight promised me to give me rematch and I very appreciated I had a chance to fight the great champion, great fighter that’s in Lennox Lewis,” Vitali told Sirius XM Boxing Radio last month.
“I showed my skills and I beat him but they stopped the fight and I was really upset. Lennox was very happy, but after the fight Lennox told me, ‘Don’t worry, I promise you I give you rematch and we will fight again’ but, we made negotiation and Lennox invite me to his office in London to sign the contract, the fight contract for the next fight.
“I was surprised Lennox tell me, ‘Please we talk together just you and me, don’t bring the lawyers don’t bring anybody, we talk together.’
“I come to his office I was really surprised Lennox was not alone, with his mom. We talk about the next fight, I guess two hours and mom doesn’t say one word.
“They scanned me with the eye, and the mom from Lennox was bigger and wiser…I know his mom was always in camp, mom was always by Lennox’s fights.
“I leave the office, Lennoxcallsl me and told, ‘Vitali, sorry, I no fight you’, and I understand. His mom don’t like me and tell to Lennox, ‘Lennox, better not to fight Klitschko again.’
“Yeah I was a little bit upset but anyway thank you for Lennox, he gave me chance to prove my skills against best boxer in my career.”
Listen to Vitali Klitschko saying that Lennox Lewis promised him a rematch but then a meeting between he and Lewis didn’t go as planned, thus the rematch not coming to fruition here:
The WBC Convention in Kiev will be the 56th in history and is expected to house up to 1000 members of the boxing community.
More details on what exactly the rematch between Klitschko and Lewis will entail are expected to be released soon.