23.01.05 - By Jim Amato: Although was behind on points against Vitali when they fought, I thought Lennox was coming on. Despite the cut, I think Lennox was enforcing his will and would have eventually stopped Vitali around the tenth. Up to this point Vitali has emerged as the #1 man since Lewis retired. Let's say Lewis does come back and beats Vitali again.. That will set the division back at least five years. Will Lennox hang around to fight Byrd and/or Ruiz ? If Lennox beats Vitali and re-retires, the confusion in the heavyweight division will be worse then it is now. If Lennox boxes on and beats back the challenges of titleholders Ruiz, Byrd or who ever holds the other titles and then retires. Well... Lennox will have put the divsion back ten years and create a state of total chaos.
Lennox has defeated the best heavyweights of his era in Holyfield and Tyson. He avenged his two career losses to McCall and Rahman. He is considered an all time great. Why gamble away all that success?
Do we want to see Lewis pummelled like the great Duran was by William Joppy or see Lennox humiliated like Sugar Ray Leonard was by Hector Camacho ? Do we really want to see Lennox battered like an old Ali was by Larry Holmes ? I know I surely don't look forward to those possible scenarios.
I hope Lennox reconsiders coming back and that he proudly rests on his laurels as he awaits his rightful induction in to the Hall Of Fame.