Lennox Lewis vs Tony Tucker – Highlights (Lewis KNOCKS DOWN Tucker)


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May 8th, 1993. In a fight billed as “Star Spangled Glory”, the newly crowned undefeated WBC Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis takes on former IBF Heavyweight Champion Tony “TNT” Tucker in his first title defense. Both Lewis and Tucker were stellar amateurs before entering the pro ranks.

Prefight records; Lewis 22(19-0), Tucker 48(39)-1.

In December 1992, Lewis was awarded the WBC Heavyweight Championship after then Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Riddick Bowe infamously dumped his WBC strap into a trash can during a press conference in an effort to avoid facing Lewis who was his mandatory.

For Lewis’ first title defense, he must face the No. 1 ranked WBC contender Tony Tucker.

In May 1987, Tucker won the vacant IBF Heavyweight Title via TKO10 over James Buster Douglas.

** Douglas would go on to score the biggest upset in sports history by knocking out Iron Mike Tyson as a 42-1 betting underdog in Japan 3 years later.

Not long after winning the IBF Crown, he was immediately ordered to face then undefeated WBA & WBC Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson in a unification bout in August 1987 and put up a valiant effort despite fighting with a broken right hand and lost via UD12..

During training camp, Tucker had injured his right hand in a sparring session against former 2x Cruiserweight world title challenger Eddie Taylor aka “Young Joe Louis”.

The loss to Tyson earned him the distinction of having the shortest championship reign in the history of the Heavyweight division at 64 days.

Devastated by the defeat, Tucker delved into a myriad of problems such as drugs and managerial issues.

2 years later, he made a comeback and went 14(10)-0 between December 1989 and 1992 before earning his third world world title opportunity against 27 year old Lennox Lewis.

Going into the fight, Tucker had commendable victories over Oliver McCall, Orlin Norris and James Douglas.

On the other hand, Lewis had notable wins over Mike Weaver, Gary Mason, Tyrell Biggs and Donovan Ruddock.

From the early goings to the midpoint, Lewis did the better overall work against the experienced Tucker who came back stronger in the second half although he was not quite as effective as the younger Lennox who became the first man to floor him (twice) in rounds 3 and 9.

In the 8th, Tucker was badly shook towards the end of the round by a barrage of power shots and was out on his feet as he made his way back to the corner.

Lewis followed up aggressively in the 9th to score the 2nd knockdown of the fight and rallied for a stoppage but TNT exploded with his own assault in a great display of fighting heart.

After 36 minutes of heavyweight action, Lennox retained his WBC Crown with scores of 118-111, 117-11 and 116-112. This was the first time Lewis went 12 rounds as a pro.

Tucker to his credit put up a tremendous fight despite losing a clear cut decision to the undefeated young lion.

According to a 2008 interview with Boxing Insider, Tucker stated that he was not at his best entering the fight due to a number of personal issues particularly his health but added that he was not making excuses for the loss.

He also named both Lennox Lewis and Buster Douglas as 2 of the best fighters he ever faced in his 20 year pro career.

Hope you guys enjoy this highlight of one of Lewis’ best wins, considering the fact that he was not in his prime yet as he would peaked later in his career under the tutelage of the legendary Manny Stewart.

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