June 8, 2002
Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson was a boxing match that took place on June 8, 2002, at the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tennessee, between WBC, IBO and IBF heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and former WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. The fight was for Lewis' Heavyweight championship titles. Lewis defeated Tyson by KO in the eighth round
The referee for the fight was Eddie Cotton, making it his 20th World title bout. Alfred Buqwana of South Africa, Anek Hongtongkam of Thailand and Bob Logist of Belgium judged the contest, both the WBC and the Tennessee Athletic Commission wanted judges from different continents.Lewis weighed in at 249.25lb and Tyson at 234lb(second highest weight for Tyson).
The fight was promoted by Main Events and was a pay-per-view shown as a joint collaboration between HBO and Showtime in the United States and on Sky Box Office in the United Kingdom. It was the highest-grossing event in pay-per-view history, generating US$106.9 million from 1.95 million buys in the USA, until it was surpassed by De La Hoya vs. Mayweather in 2007.
Tyson and Lewis came out jabbing away. Lewis managed to land two right uppercuts before Tyson missed with a wild left hook. With just under a minute left in the first round, Tyson landed a great left hook. Lewis then holds Tyson pushing him into the ropes and lands another jab. During the second round, Cotton warns Lewis twice, for holding. Lewis landed a number of punches on Tyson, including three powerful uppercuts. As the third round opens Tyson headbutted Lewis, however, Lewis manages to cut Tyson on his right eye later in the round. Again Tyson rushes out in the fourth round and Lewis lands two jabs before landing a big right. With 10 seconds left in the round Lewis lands a couple of punches on Tyson who goes down. Referee, Cotton rules it a slip and deducts a point from Lewis for pushing Tyson down. Tyson's face has started to swell. Cotton stopped the fight and talks to Lewis again in the fifth round about pushing. Tyson struggled to land a punch on the champion. Tyson had cuts above both eyes, and late in the seventh round Lewis puts Tyson off balance landing a heavy right hook. Lewis dominated the round, landing 31 punches compared to Tyson's four.
In the eighth and final round, Tyson is hit with a heavy right and Lewis pushes him to the canvas. Tyson lies on his back on the canvas, he is counted out by the referee and makes no real effort to get up within the count**
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