Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis admits continued feelings of animosity towards Riddick Bowe.
Lewis was due to challenge Bowe in the 1990’s as the mandatory challenge only for the champion to famously throw the green belt in the bin.
Winning the title anyway, Lewis reigned supreme over the division for years, but failed to land his chance to face ‘Big Daddy’.
The pair have never seen eye-to-eye on the situation and Lewis says his feelings haven’t really changed over the years.
At a gathering of greats for the Wilder v Fury clash in Los Angeles, Lewis and Bowe took the stage together.
It was clear the ex-fighters were not entirely happy to be sharing the spotlight in Los Angeles.
“I still have that animosity going on. Me and him were supposed to fight a long time ago. I was waiting for the opportunity to bring in the ring so I could beat the granny out of him. He basically ducked me. That’s why I called him ‘Chicken Bowe’. And that name lives on,” Lewis told Sirius XM Boxing Radio.
“At one point, I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, about when me and him meet. Although we never met in the ring, he kept mouthing and saying stuff about me.
“I was waiting for the opportunity so when we could get together so I could give him a slap. And then I looked at him and I realized how slow he was and it wouldn’t be fair to do that. I opted against it.”
[responding to being asked if there was a chance he and Bowe could shake hands]
.@LennoxLewis on what went down between he and Riddick Bowe at the #WilderFury weigh-ins along with the chances of a potential reconciliation between the two.@CommishRandyG @gerrycooney #boxing pic.twitter.com/2xQpBEffLH
— SiriusXM Boxing (@SiriusXMBoxing) December 19, 2018
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