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On This Day: Lennox Lewis gets sweet revenge over Hasim Rahman in Las Vegas

"I wanted to knock out Hasim Rahman quicker than he'd beaten me," said Lennox Lewis
Lennox Lewis
Lennox-Lewis  |  Action Images/Richard Heathcote

REVENGE was at the forefront of Lennox Lewis’ mind on November 17, 2001 when he entered a rematch with Hasim Rahman at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas. Rahman had scored a huge upset in April, when he knocked out an under-prepared Lewis in South Africa to claim the WBC and IBF heavyweight titles. “I’ve learned from my mistakes,” said 36-year-old Lennox. “I was lackadaisical when I got caught last time. I don’t believe it can happen again.”

RAHMAN, thoroughly enjoying the publicity and attention garnered from his victory, was making plans to clear out the division. “I’ll beat Lewis again and [then] people will say I can’t beat [Mike] Tyson. “I’ll beat Tyson and people will say I can’t defeat Wladimir Klitschko.”

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