History | Nov 11 2018

On This Day: Lennox Lewis dominates David Tua

David Tua's promise to put out Lennox Lewis' lights fails in Las Vegas, writes Matt Christie
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ON November 11, 2000, Lennox Lewis defended his world heavyweight titles against top contender, and dangerous slugger, David Tua. The bout was set for Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

1. “I REALISE who I have in front of me,” said Lewis before the bout. “I realise Tua is powerful, but also that he hasn’t done anything to prepare for me. There is no one who can emulate me. When he steps into the ring he’ll say, ‘Whoa, what have I gotten myself into?”

2. TUA’S trainer, Ronnie Shields, thought differently: “Lewis has never fought anybody as strong as David. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lennox comes back to his corner and says, ‘This guy is a lot stronger than we’ve prepared for’.”