Lennox Lewis open to Mike Tyson rematch 19 years after infamous showdown

Lennox Lewis has revealed he would be open to a rematch with Mike Tyson – 19 years after their infamous showdown.

The Brit was involved in one of the most highly-anticipated boxing matches in heavyweight history when the pair stepping into the ring in Tennessee, setting a record for pay-per-view figures.

It came after the boxers clashed in the pre-fight press conference on January 22, 2002, with Iron Mike scrapping on the floor before biting his leg.

And the heat of the moment got to Tyson five months later, with Lewis chipping away at his opponent before landing a huge right-handers to knock the American down.

The youngest-ever heavyweight boxing champion has since been back in the ring, drawing with Roy Jones Jr in November.

Lewis, now 55 and out of action for the last 18 years, has expressed his interest in taking on Tyson again.

Speaking to TMZ , the Brit said: “If the public wanted it then we would probably talk.”

But the 55-year0old stated that the conditions would have to be perfect for him to consider stepping into the ring again.

Lewis added: “I don't know. I don't really have nothing pushing me in the ring right now.

“People would love to see that fight but I don't know.”

Tyson has been keeping in shape since his return to boxing, showing off the pace and power that made him a heavyweight champions at just 20 years old in 1986.

But Lewis may have to wait for a bout as the American is reportedly set to take on Evander Holyfield in a trilogy bout.

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